Europe uneasy as US, China seek to finalise trade deal


The United States will decide by June 1 whether to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on European Union imports, something which has moved trans-Atlantic relations to the brink of a trade war. He downplayed expectations of a potential deal by calling it "too hard to get done", and bringing attention to the difficulty of verifying results of a deal after one has been made. This is particularly true if the US rightly sticks to its guns on respect for intellectual property rights and associated design theft in China, as this will limit USA firms from selling or sharing technologically sensitive products with China. Japan is the only major USA ally that was not granted a temporary exemption from the tariffs. Canada and Mexico received delays in the imposition of the tariffs as the countries renegotiate NAFTA.

"What we should be focusing on is reducing tariffs, reducing kind of non-tariff barriers, so there are all sorts of regulatory issues which obstruct USA exports to China", he said.

According to a New York Times report published on Monday, the strained relationship between the treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, and the National Trade Council director, Peter Navarro, devolved into a shouting match in front of Chinese officials on a trip to Beijing earlier this month. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He was involved in the talks in Beijing as well as later talks in Washington, DC.

In a tweet posted yesterday, President Donald Trump seemed to cast doubt on the prospects for the agreement.

A second round of trade talks between Chinese and USA trade officials in Washington, DC varied which US trade officials from the Beijing trip were included in the D.C. -based meetings.

Mnuchin announced on Sunday the USA and China had agreed on a "framework" for trade talks, but neither nation provided any details of the agreement.

The head of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry says the US intention to raise auto tariffs is "another nasty blow to our economic relations" with the United States. Minutes of the Fed's meeting last month released Wednesday noted that concerns have been raised in several of the Fed's 12 regions "about the possible adverse effects of tariffs and trade restrictions".

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Cordier said the futures market is anticipating that China will begin buying more US soybeans in the fall months when shipments from South America tend to slow. "Its really easy to win", he said. Both sides also dropped tariffs threats for now - the USA had threatened to impose US$150bn in tariffs on Chinese imports, prompting Beijing to counter with US$50bn in tariffs on American imports.

The Trump administration had used the same justification to slap steep tariffs on steel and aluminum, raising the specter of a trade war.

"We hope the dismissal of these cases reflects a lessening of trade tensions as our leaders continue to dialogue", National Sorghum Producers Chairman Don Bloss said in a statement.

Kudlow previously told Breitbart News radio listeners that the U.S. And his abandonment of U.S. leadership on issues like global warming and global trade has given China the opportunity to claim the former USA role as a steady steward of world affairs.

"Clearly, the Chinese Communist Party regards these sensitive technologies as essential for China's military modernisation and is accelerating its efforts to acquire such technologies through both legal and illegal means, including cyber theft, civil-military integration policies, coercion through joint ventures with foreign companies, targeted investment and exploitation of the access of private Chinese nationals to such technologies", wrote the Senators. In tweets earlier this week, he said: "China is out-negotiating the administration and winning the trade talks right now".

The tariff cuts, which would be effective as early as July 1, would apply to significantly more product lines than a similar reduction on around 200 items announced a year ago , said the people, who asked not to be identified as the discussions aren't public.