The U.S. Trade Representative's (USTR's) office said tradenegotiations will continue even as the agency implements a backupplan to deal with a lapse in funding amid a partial governmentshutdown.

USTR is carrying out its contingency plan to respond to thelapse of funding appropriated from Congress, the agency said onMonday. “Excepted personnel will ensure USTR continues to conductoperations, including trade negotiations and enforcement,” itsaid.

The Trump administration is conducting trade talks on severalfronts as President Donald Trump tries to reach deals that are morefavorable to the United States. The administration is trying toreach a lasting truce in its trade war with China, and is on the cusp ofbeginning formal negotiations with the EU, Japan, and the U.K.

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