Washington — The US and China’s top trade negotiators are set to meet on Thursday for the first time since late July to try to find a way out of a 15-month trade war as new irritants between the world’s two largest economies threaten hopes for progress.

Chinese vice-premier Liu He, US trade representative Robert Lighthizer and treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin will seek to narrow differences enough to avoid a scheduled October 15 tariff rate increase on $250bn worth of Chinese goods...

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