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China commerce ministry says in close touch with U.S. on signing trade deal

FILE PHOTO: Chinese staff members adjust U.S. and Chinese flags before the opening session of trade negotiations between U.S. and Chinese trade representatives in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is in close touch with the United States on signing a Phase 1 trade deal, the country's commerce ministry said on Thursday, adding that both sides are still going through necessary procedures before the signing.

Gao Feng, commerce ministry spokesman, made the comments to reporters at a regular briefing.

(Reporting by Yawen Chen and Ryan Woo; Editing by Himani Sarkar)