The trade war between the U.S. and China could go on for months or years, according to erratic statements from the White House, but for the first time in weeks, there is renewed optimism because China has agreed to new negotiations.
The U.S. and China are set to begin trade talks again after a tumultuous week of tension-escalating threats of new tariffs and tariff-rate increases that roiled international markets and alarmed the U.S. ag sector.
Top U.S. and Chinese trade officials met over the phone Tuesday to try to further negotiations to end the countries’ trade war, said to President Donald Trump, who said the negotiations were “productive” and offered optimism that a conclusion could come soon.
President Donald Trump said Thursday he will hit roughly $300 billion worth of Chinese goods — effectively the only goods remaining untaxed in the ongoing trade war — with a 10% tariff on Sept. 1, raising concerns that the recently renewed trade talks are not going well.
The U.S. and China have wrapped up their first round of face-to-face trade negotiations since talks fell apart in May and both sides agreed to meet again in September as President Donald Trump continues to tone down expectations of a quick resolution.
Agriculture will be one of the core subjects when U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin travel to China next week to resume trade talks, according to a White House statement released Wednesday.
The telephone talks between U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators went well last week, potentially leading to an in-person meeting next week and an increase in Chinese imports of U.S. soybeans, according to Chinese and U.S. sources.
The Trump administration is looking this week to increase the pressure on Congress to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement while making progress with China in the wake of the recent meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
The U.S., Canada and Mexico are getting close to a deal to lift U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs on its North American allies, clearing the way for ratification of a new trade pact for the three countries, says U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.