As US-China Trade Talks Resume, Why Trump Could Have New Leverage

Leroy Wright
January 9, 2019

Some analysts say that China - Pyongyang's key diplomatic ally and main source of trade - could use Kim's visit as a bargaining chip in the United States trade talks.

US President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that the negotiations were going "very well".

Lu Kang, spokesman for China's foreign ministry, said on Monday that Chinese military aircraft and naval vessels were dispatched to identify the USA vessel and warn it to leave the area near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, claimed by China.

The United States and China will continue trade talks in Beijing for an unscheduled third day, U.S. officials said on Tuesday amid signs of progress on issues including purchases of USA farm and energy commodities and increased access to China's markets.

Working-level trade talks between the United States and China began Monday in Beijing with negotiators for the world's two biggest economies trying to resolve tariff disputes that have roiled world markets in recent weeks.

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For their part, Chinese officials are unhappy with USA curbs on exports of "dual use" technology with possible military applications. Liu led a previous round of talks in Washington a year ago that ended in failure, and he's expected to meet chief USA negotiator Robert Lighthizer later this month. China responded by imposing penalties on $110 billion of American goods, slowing customs clearance for USA companies and suspending issuing licenses in finance and other businesses. The Chinese navy's Southern Theater Command is tasked with enforcing Beijing's claims to the vast South China Sea. Ross said the talks are at an "appropriate level" and the US delegation is large because of the number of issues to be addressed.

The U.S. did not send its top trade negotiators that have participated in previous U.S. Among many things, the Communist leader pledged to buy more USA agricultural and industrial products, allow increased access to Chinese markets, and abide by more cybersecurity and property theft rules. Apple Inc. cut its revenue outlook last week as sales of the iPhone were slower than expected in China, while data on factory activity and retail sales in the Asian nation were also weak. That meeting would likely include a senior Chinese government official along with trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The two sides have shown signs of common ground in the past year, only for progress to stall.

He and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed December 1 to postpone more tariff hikes on each other's goods for 90 days while they negotiate.

China's foreign ministry on Monday confirmed that Wang would deliver a keynote speech at Davos, though didn't confirm any plans for him to meet Trump. Preliminary discussions were "a little more optimistic than usual", White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told Bloomberg TV Friday.

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish is leading the American delegation in Beijing.

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