Trump hails US-China relations amid trade detente


Before Shen heads to Mexico, Xi will meet with Trump at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires as their trade war shows no signs of abating.

Both farmers and the auto industry have been struck in the trade war, as the U.S. and China hit each other with escalating tariffs. "If we could make a deal, that would be good", he said on Friday.

"The two sides agreed to mutually open their markets, and as China advances a new round of reforms, the United States" legitimate concerns can be progressively resolved'.

The White House made clear that the 10 percent tariffs would still leap up to 25 percent if China doesn't meet U.S. demands in 90 days. Other issues include "structural changes with respect to forced technology transfer, non-tariff barriers, cyber intrusions and cyber theft, services and agriculture".

The United States said Saturday that it agreed in a long-awaited summit with China to suspend new tariffs for 90 days as the two powers seek to end a trade war.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters at the White House Monday that there was an "an immediate focus on reducing auto tariffs", though he did not provide details or timing.

What's missing in China's official statement?

The breakthrough came after a post-G20 summit meeting.

Discussions were to begin immediately, with the goal of an agreement within 90 days.

Xi avoids further immediate pressure on China's slowing economy, while Trump - scarred by last month's midterm elections that saw the Democrats regain control of the House of Representatives - can ease damage to agricultural USA states that export to China, particularly soybean producers. There was no Chinese confirmation of the move, which would have little impact on trade because most American vehicles sold in China are made here.

The G20 leaders - whose nations represent four-fifths of the global economy - heard warnings from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of worldwide upheaval if Trump continues on his tariff-strewn path.

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According to Masamichi Adachi, a senior economist at JP Morgan in Japan, "I do not think market consensus is looking for very significant progress, this is a temporary truce".

While Trump cited the USA trade deficits with foreign nations as a reason for implementing the tariffs, the US trade deficit with China has increased since the tariffs were announced. Trump was in full salesman mode, describing it as an "incredible deal", while the Chinese foreign ministry called the talks "very successful".

What pushed the two sides to the table?

We are dealing from great strength, but China likewise has much to gain if and when a deal is completed.

However, he has faced fierce criticism from U.S. business groups, as the tariffs lead to reduced exports of crops such as soybeans, while raising costs for businesses that rely on Chinese imports. "Currently, the tariff is 40 per cent".

In China, tariffs have also weighed on the economy.

Will this resolve the dispute?


However "we remain skeptical of a substantial trade deal between the two economic giants".

The trade war had been a pall on global markets as the world's two largest economies exchanged rounds of increasingly severe tariffs.

Without that, hardliners in Washington "will urge Trump to resume escalation", they said. "In Latin America, China has become a strategic partner, based on a natural economic complementarity", said Giusto.

United States President Donald Trump walked off, waving. "Level the field!" he said in a series of early morning tweet.