Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Trump sends mixed messages on tariff negotiations with China

Trump sends mixed messages on tariff negotiations with China

Led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the delegation today left South Africa for Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the G20 Summit, which takes place from 30 November to 1 December 2018.

China and the United States can reach a trade agreement at the G20 meeting in Argentina this week, the state-run China Daily newspaper said in an editorial on Friday, but Washington must be "fair minded" if it wants to defuse spiralling tensions.

The Chinese leader has made similar promises before with little follow-through, drawing the ire of foreign businesses located in China.

President Trump said Thursday that the United States was "very close" to a deal with China on tariffs - then added he wasn't sure he even wanted one. If the two nations don't reach a truce by 2019, the tariffs will jump from 10 percent to 25 percent.

The US in 2017 sold China goods and products valued at $130 billion, while Beijing exported $506 billion worth of goods to the US market.

First, the Trump administration's tougher approach to China - while often crude in its articulation (especially on trade) - is grounded in long-standing bipartisan concerns about Beijing's behaviour and its effect on the USA and its allies in the region.

Argentina, this year's G20 president, has stressed the importance of the summit as a consensus-building forum. But his remarks regarding Beijing haven't always been so positive.

The G20 meeting is probably the last opportunity to avert an escalation of trade hostilities that are slowing China's economy and starting to have repercussions in the US.

White House insiders say there remain substantial differences within the Trump administration over how far to push China. "It's the greatest theft in the history of the world", he told a rally during his presidential campaign.

This is because China's existing $113bn tariffs on USA goods are not far from the $130bn it imported from the U.S. in 2017.

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If the objective is to restore the USA economy to what it "used to be", then it won't only be China that will be adversely affected. Not North Korea, Korea.

"I happen to be a tariff person because I'm a smart person, OK?" he told the Wall Street Journal. I win against China. "In China, it involves using regulatory tools such as anti-trust investigations to squeeze USA tech firms and tip the advantage to domestic competitors". I said, 'why are you doing state dinners for them?

Putin insisted on Wednesday that Russian forces were in the right to seize the Ukrainian ships last weekend, but Trump expressed "deep concern" at Moscow's actions against a U.S. ally.

"He's a cagey negotiator", said Burns. "I've read hundreds of books about China over the decades". I've made a lot of money with the Chinese. In 2012, he tackled the subject of climate change by accusing Beijing of fabricating the idea to hurt USA economic interests. CEO Soren Skou said in August, before Trump hitswathes of consumer goods with levies, that the fallout from the tariffs "could easily end up being bigger in the U.S.".

In the short term, US tariffs and the trade war would increase uncertainty for Chinese investment and durables consumption, according to Goldman.

The government says the close relationship between Australia and the US, along with the fact that Mr Morrison spoke to US Vice-President Mike Pence this month, means there is no pressing need for a formal bilateral with Mr Trump. In securities filings, Apple has said that "international trade disputes could result in tariffs and other protectionist measures that could adversely affect" its business.

"An agreement that simply results in the purchase of more U.S. products from China, or promises vague commitments with unclear timelines, will only serve to kick the can down the road, and would further harm the state of the relationship for years to come", he commented.

In his departure statement, Modi said that through the 10 years of its existence, the G-20 has strived to promote stable and sustainable global growth.

All grain depots and silos are nearly full, meaning farmers have to find their own storage solutions or allow their crops to rot.

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