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.
Top U.S. and Chinese negotiators will meet in Washington next month to pick up on talks to try to end the trade war that is weighing heavily on U.S. farmers and manufacturers, according to Xinhua News, a Chinese government-run media outlet.
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.
By the end of the year, China is finally expected to implement the quotas for corn, wheat and rice as it agreed to do about 20 years ago, but it may not be a cause for celebration for American farmers.
China’s Finance Ministry announced today the country will raise tariff rates on $60 billion worth of U.S. products, an expected trade war escalation after the U.S. increased import taxes on Chinese goods Friday.
The optimism coming out of the White House and USDA for a U.S. deal with China to end the trade war has been growing for months, but the rosy outlook dimmed this week because of a new rift between both countries’ negotiators.
China may agree to buy more U.S. agriculture commodities and lift onerous trade barriers in the ongoing talks, but unless negotiators can agree on an effective way to make sure the Chinese live up to their promises, any final deal would be worthless.