Chinese trade officials coming to US 'to make a deal'

Friday, 10 May, 2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Wednesday morning issued a formal notice of the plan, while the agency is also expected soon to announce its intention to impose a 25 percent tariff on an additional $325 billion in Chinese products.

Global markets have taken a beating this week as investors grow increasingly concerned that the China-US trade deal, which last week appeared all but ready to sign, could fall through.

The ministry said escalating trade tensions are not beneficial to either country or to the world. She said the former vice president, if elected the 46th president, would make sure the USA and its allies write global trade rules.

The changes sought by China would create major hurdles in reaching a deal in two days of talks with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He this week before the tariff increase goes into effect.

U.S. President Trump recently said, via Twitter, that Chinese Vice-Premier was coming to the make a deal.

Despite the trade war, the value of USA imports of Chinese goods have continued to rise, widening the soaring trade deficit with China. "They're going to sit down tomorrow, and we'll see what happens from there", she said.

Beijing said on Tuesday that Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will visit the United States on Thursday and Friday for trade talks.

ASA urged the administration to hold off on additional tariffs and rapidly conclude negotiations with China, including lifting the existing Section 301 tariffs in exchange for China removing its retaliatory 25 percent tariff on USA soybeans.

An announcement Thursday by China's Commerce Ministry that Beijing will retaliate pushed shares lower. Niko Partnersreleased new research this month indicating that by 2023, China will have more than 354 million PC gamers playing online games, which is greater than the entire population of the U.S. It doesn't take an economic degree to figure out that losing access to such a massive market because of a U.S.

The US stock market is down over 2% since Sunday but did not react to the comments on Wednesday from China.

Traders fear that not only will economic growth suffer, but also that the tariffs will throw a wrench in trade negotiations this week as a Chinese delegation is in Washington to discuss a new agreement. Progress broke down last week after China walked back its commitments, Trump administration officials said.

The politically sensitive trade surplus with the U.S. remained large, widening to $21 billion last month from $20.5 billion in March.

David French, senior vice president for government relations at the National Retail Federation, stated: "A sudden tariff increase with less than a week's notice would severely disrupt USA businesses, especially small companies that have limited resources to mitigate the impact".

ANZ estimated more than 80 per cent of the headline decline was due to a sharp drop in shipments to the United States, while its high-tech exports continued to be weighed down by sluggish global demand for smartphones and other electronic gadgets. That would effectively cover all goods imported into the USA from China, including electronic gear, apparel and other products previously exempted from earlier tariff hikes.