Discussion of e-commerce may slow down the signing of a US trade agreement with China

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The signing of a trade agreement between the United States and China can be slowed down due to the difficulties encountered during the negotiations to resolve controversial issues in the field of e-commerce, sources familiar with the negotiations reported. Washington is concerned about the discrimination of foreign cloud service providers in China, such as Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft, and others. In the opinion of the American side, it is also necessary to relax Beijing's demands on companies for mandatory data storage in the country and remove a number of restrictions on data transfer beyond its borders. So far, the Chinese authorities do not want to make concessions on any of these issues. The American delegation will arrive in Beijing this week to continue discussing the trade agreement, where the main topics will be e-commerce and digital technology.

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