'Back on track': China and US agree to restart trade talks

Jun 30, 2019, 00:44
'Back on track': China and US agree to restart trade talks

Just before travelling to the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan Trump told Fox Business Network that he's prepared to introduce new tariffs on the remaining $300 billion of Chinese imports if a good deal isn't reached with Xi. "Excellent, I would say excellent".

"We had a very good meeting with President Xi of China", Trump said after the talks. Trump raised tariffs to 25% from 10% on US$200bn of Chinese goods, and China retaliated with levies on United States imports.

In retaliation, China imposed tariffs on $110 billion in American goods, focusing on agricultural products in a direct and painful shot at Trump supporters in the United States farm belt.

It is not clear if China made any new concessions to win the promise that the US would hold off on further tariff hikes.

But Trump and Xi struck a ceasefire deal on Saturday, with Washington vowing to hold off on further tariffs and the two sides agreeing to restart trade negotiations.

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Mr Trump has suggested easing U.S. restrictions on Huawei could be a factor in a trade deal with Mr Xi.

Investors are hoping for a repeat of Trump and Xi's December agreement to postpone new tariff hikes while they negotiated over trade and technology. "I would say probably even better than expected, and the negotiations are continuing".

The Chinese President, for his part, recounted the era of "ping-pong diplomacy" that helped jump-start US-China relations two generations ago.

"Between the Japanese and USA governments, there are no such talks at all about reviewing the security treaty". -China trade war enters its second year. What is beneath the trade disputes, is the emergence of a country with the real potential of challenging the supremacy of the United States.

So American companies will continue and they were having a problem, the companies were not exactly happy that they couldn't sell because they had nothing to do with whatever it was potentially happening with respect to Huawei, so I did do that.

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The US president had recently threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $300bn (£236bn) in Chinese imports - on top of the $250bn in goods he has already taxed - extending his import taxes to virtually everything China ships to the US.

During a press conference, President Trump said that "US companies can sell their equipment to Huawei".

China and the United States have highly integrated interests and extensive cooperation areas, and they should not fall into so-called traps of conflict and confrontation, Xi said.

Trade talks between the United States and China stalled in May after Beijing backtracked on commitments to address structural issues, such as intellectual property theft, government subsidies to boost domestic sectors, and forced technology transfers.

He said that Trump has stayed in close communication with him through phone calls and exchange of letters. Mr Trump raised tariffs to 25 percent from 10 percent on $200 billion of Chinese goods, and China retaliated with levies on USA imports.

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The latest round of talks broke down in May, when Washington accused Beijing of going back on its pledge to change Chinese laws to enact economic reforms.