BEIJING -- After four days of high-level talks here, a senior U.S. trade negotiator yesterday reported only incremental progress by China in eliminating barriers to U.S. exports and violations of U.S. copyrights and patents.
"It's a maze," Joseph A. Massey, an assistant U.S. trade representative, said in characterizing the negotiations over two formal U.S. investigations of the Chinese trade malpractices. "We keep going down the same path, and we can't find an exit to what the Chinese call common ground."
Both inquiries could result in the United States enacting punitive duties on selected Chinese products.
The high tariffs would be placed on products for which the United States had other sources so U.S. consumers would not face higher prices, Mr. Massey said.