US & China sign ‘phase one’ trade deal to ease global economic tensions

Trump To Sign 'Phase One' China Trade Deal, But Most Tariffs Remain In Place

Donald Trump to ink landmark trade truce with China but Xi sends underling instead of signing

At a signing ceremony in Washington, attended by top Republican donors and business leaders, Trump said the deal sets the stage for a stronger relationship between the United States and China.

The first phase includes China's commitment to buy $ 200 billion more in goods and services than in 2017.

U.S. President Donald Trump hosted Chinese Vice Premier Liu He for the signing ceremony at the White House. China has never bought more than $26 billion in USA agricultural products in a year. "It's going to benefit incomes, individual areas, ag and manufacturing, and financial services and technology and it's going to help our economy grow faster".

Instead, the Trump administration - and Chinese leaders - have kept details on the long-awaited deal tightly held, and have repeatedly described the agreement in sweeping terms, citing promises by Beijing to go beyond prior commitments made on intellectual property theft and to not force U.S. companies to hand over their technology, as well as a pledge from China to buy $200 billion in farm goods and other products made by the United States over a two-year period.

He held a signing ceremony at the White House Wednesday alongside the Chinese vice premier and top USA trade officials.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu said China and the U.S., the world's two largest economies and two major players in global affairs with great responsibilities, reached the phase one deal "with the big picture in mind" and by "acknowledging and properly managing" their differences.

While Pelosi called votes on Capitol Hill today, there was a split-screen celebration taking place at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.

"This deal will help to limit market access barriers for American internet companies and better protect innovative United States intellectual property". USA farmers, unable to export their goods to the country's largest trade partner, faced significant losses from the trade standoff, and the administration spent billions on agricultural bailouts.

'In phase two there will be additional roll backs, ' Mnuchin said. The opacity of China's economy makes proving abusive practices hard, particularly when they involve forced technology transfers and non-tariff trade barriers. "That will be tough". "But it was stopped by the phase one agreement before causing any deadly consequences for either side".

Mark Williams, chief Asia economist at Capital Economics, said in a note that "the removal of imminent downside risk is a clear positive". "You've got $40 billion to $50 billion increase in farming per year". The total tariff bill on tech products swelled to over Dollars 2 billion per month this autumn, compared to USD 150-200 million before the new rates were imposed. Trump wants to boost that to about $32 billion this year and to nearly $40 billion next year.

"We expect that Chinese national oil companies will be reluctant to commit to large-scale purchases given this". "While this is a good day for the president, if the Chinese side does not fulfill with what it signed up for, then the deal could start unraveling".

"At times, there were setbacks in our trade talks because on some issues we don't see eye to eye". We didn't complete it.

"We now have a big investment in each other and getting along with each other", he said. "It should have happened 25 years ago, by the way".

Kudlow also appeared on CNBC, where he described the deal as an important matter that shows the leadership of people like Trump, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and that "America is ready". "The tariffs on American products mean our prices are not competitive with those from competing countries".

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