Thursday, 17 January, 2019

China officials to begin trade war talks in Beijing

BEIJING CHINA- OCTOBER 08 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks with State Councillor Yang Jiechi during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse Members of U.S. Trade Delegation to China Revealed Daisuke Suzuki /Pool Getty6 Jan 2019Washington DC
Orlando Vargas | 07 January, 2019, 19:21

He said, "As for whether this move has any impact to the ongoing China-U.S. trade consultations.to properly resolve existing issues of all kinds between China and the U.S.is good for the two countries and the world".

Economic data show the Chinese economy has suffered since Trump previous year slapped stinging tariffs on more than $250 billion in Chinese imports.

A US Navy vessel, USS "McCampbell, ' has sailed past disputed islets of the South China Sea in a 'freedom of navigation" operation. Yet neither has indicated its stance has changed since a December 1 agreement by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping to postpone further increases.

The American side in the trade talks is being led by a deputy US trade representative, Jeffrey D. Gerrish, according to the USA government.

A USA delegation began the latest round of trade war talks with China on Monday.

"Both sides are close to finding a solution to address the trade imbalance", the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post quoted the unnamed adviser as saying.

The developing downturn in China's economy explains why the United States believes it can force China to accept its demands in the face of the threat of another $US200 billion of tariffs on China's exports to the US.

The Beijing talks follow small signs of progress - and the absence of new threats from Trump - while the two sides work to ease trade tensions by March 1.

"Right now, it appears that China is [suffering the most] but if you start looking at what's happening in the U.S., the volatility on the market, the long-term affects of this I think you'll find that both are suffering", Tangen said. "Their economy's not doing very well", he told reporters on Sunday. "I don't think it will proceed that fast".

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in December agreed to put on hold a spiraling trade dispute of tit-for-tat import tariffs on hundreds of billions worth of goods.

It's possible that if Trump, who's making his second trip to Davos as president, doesn't meet with Wang, one or more of his top trade lieutenants will instead.

In addition to the bruising trade war with the US, China is also grappling with a slowing domestic economy, with the government expecting growth to slow to around 6.5 per cent in 2018, down from 6.9 per cent in 2017, due to various factors.

On the contrary, the U.S. economy on a path of recovery grew at an annual rate of 3.4 % in the third quarter and unemployment is stated to be at a five-decade low.

Economic data shows Chinese economy has suffered since Trump slapped stinging tariffs.

Adding to the worries, China's stock market became the world's worst performer previous year, ending with a loss of 28 %.

Ask if he was happy or concerned about the slowing in the world's second largest economy, Ross said, "Not happy nor guilty".

Analysts say Washington's complaints imply far-reaching changes to Beijing's industrial policies, but Ross said there was a "very good chance" of reaching an agreement, although monitoring compliance would present a challenge.

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