China Makes Second Purchase of U.S. Sorghum

Leroy Wright
March 25, 2019

- The White House says the USA will host a delegation from China led by Vice Premier Liu He for meetings beginning April 3. Top U.S. officials are headed to Beijing in coming days, with a summit possible between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to seal any final deal.

President Trump has also made comments saying he is pleased with positive direction U.S. But he said he was in no rush to complete a trade deal with China.

US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that US tariffs on Chinese imports could remain in place for a "substantial period", dampening hopes that a new trade agreement would see them lifted soon.

Some American negotiators have become concerned that the Chinese are pushing back against US demands, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

Trump imposed tariff hikes of up to 25 per cent on United States dollars 250 billion of Chinese goods.

"I would say tariffs may be a factor in China", Powell said.

He told reporters on Wednesday, March 20: "We have to make sure that if we do the deal with China, that China lives by the deal".

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Beijing has warned the United States against selling F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, urging Washington to respect its sovereignty when it comes to the One China policy, to avoid seriously damaging bilateral relations.

While Trump's goal for the trade war was to reduce the trade deficit, particular in goods, Trump's tariffs may actually be helping to drive the deficit increase.

However, others have also said that Trump isn't wrong to accuse China for its unfair trade practices. "They'll build their plants in the United States and they have no tariffs", Trump told the network.

Washington and Beijing are battling over the final shape of an agreement that both sides have said they would like to reach, with American officials demanding profound changes to the Chinese industrial policy. "That doesn't mean we get there, but I think we're getting very close".

Negotiations between the world's two largest economies will continue next week when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer go to Beijing.

Separately, Trump also told Fox that if USA lawmakers do not pass his new deal to supersede the North American Free Trade Agreement trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, he might "go pre-NAFTA" but gave no other details.

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