China swings to trade action as 'tariff man' increases pressure

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Beijing will "immediately implement" terms of a tariff ceasefire with Washington and is "full of confidence" a trade agreement can be reached within 90 days, a Chinese government spokesman has said.

Top Wall Street economists have expressed doubts about the two sides reaching a concrete agreement.

Trump agreed in July not to impose higher duties on European Union cars while the two sides sought to improve ties in a number of fields, from regulatory cooperation to energy and a deal to remove tariffs on industrial goods. Other market indexes also fell sharply: the S&P 500 lost 3.2% and the Nasdaq dropped 3.7%.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser John Bolton and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a working dinner after the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 1, 2018.

The developments again called into question the extent of a trade agreement the White House said Trump had struck with Chinese President Xi Jinping over dinner at the Group of 20 summit on Saturday.

Negotiators will actually have less than 90 days to reach a deal because of holidays in both countries over the next three months, Chinese ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, told reporters on Monday.

China retaliated against key USA soybeans with a 25 per cent tariff since July, which caused exports to drop nearly to zero in August and September compared to those months in 2017.

That's more detail than was in a Wednesday statement from China's commerce ministry that said the trade meeting with the US was "very successful" and expressed confidence in implementing the agreement - but didn't provide any further details on the outcome. "My meeting in Argentina with President Xi of China was an extraordinary one", President Trump tweeted.

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"China is willing to increase imports in accordance with the needs of its domestic markets and the people's needs, Wang said, "including marketable products from the United States, to gradually ease the imbalance in two-way trade".

He wrote on Twitter yesterday: "President Xi and I want this deal to happen, and it probably will".

The Ministry said that the recent meeting of U.S. President Donald trump and Chinese President XI Jinping was successful.

U.S. liquefied natural gas was also absent from China's shopping list in October, following Beijing's move in September to impose a retaliatory 10 per cent tariff on USA supplies.

"The history here with China promises is not very good". "But if not remember, I am a Tariff Man".

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on CNBC the U.S. and China had held "very specific discussions" in Buenos Aires on Saturday evening on steps to defuse their conflict, which involves hundreds of billions in bilateral trade and had roiled world markets for months. Many companies have already switched their purchases from China to another country to avoid the potential 25% tariff. As such, companies with interests in U.S.

Weinberg derided the U.S. statement which said "China will agree to purchase a not yet agreed upon, but very substantial, amount". The downside for China is that it also needs US sourced LNG as its insatiable gas demand expands amid Beijing's mandate that gas make up at least 10 percent of its power generation energy mix by 2020, with further earmarks set for 2030.

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