TRADE UPDATE: President Trump Predicts "Signing Summit" With China

February 26, 2019 02:31 PM

President Trump's decision to extend a deadline to escalate tariffs on Chinese imports is creating cautious optimism in global markets.

President Trump announced over the weekend he would extend the deadline citing "substantial progress" in talks between the two countries. He tweeted Sunday that there have been "productive talks", adding "I will be delaying the U.S. increase in tariffs now scheduled for March 1."



The President says that if negotiations continue to progress, he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Florida resort to finalize an agreement. Before heading to Vietnam for talks with North Korea's leader the President spoke about the negotiations, saying "I told you how well we did with our trade talks in China and it looks like they'll be coming back quickly again and we're going to have a summit.  We're going to have another summit, have a signing summit, which is even better, so hopefully, we can get that completed, but we're getting very, very close."

During talks that extended into the weekend, our Washington sources say U.S. and Chinese negotiators discussed the issue of how to enforce a potential deal. The two sides also discussed Chinese commitments to purchase commodities.

Officials aim to iron out differences on changes to China's treatment of state-owned enterprises, subsidies, forced technology transfers, and cyber theft.

The Shanghai Composite jumped 5.5% on Monday on the news.  The U.S. stock market also rose.  

Jake Parker is the Vice President of the U.S.-China Business Council.  He called the President's announcement a "positive signal" that a resolution may soon be in sight. Parker said, "State-owned enterprise reform, industrial policy changes are not items that can be resolved overnight or would be reasonable to expect to be resolved in 90 days, so by finding a way where the two sides can come to some kind of agreement, and then put these more challenging issues into a longer term negotiating framework, it should have a very positive impact on the overall relationship."

Parker says the uncertainty over trade tensions has meant many business operations of U.S. companies in China have "ground to a halt", and an agreement would help their situation.  

Farmers are also interested in seeing a resolution.  AgDay TV spoke with Wayne Fredericks.  He's a farmer in Osage, Iowa.  He said, "We are trying to make decisions about planting acres and so forth, so as we look into the coming year, this is a market we have worked so hard to build.  It's in question right now. I hope we can get something solved to normalize trade relations with China because they are a big customer of ours."

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Spell Check

Smalltown , IA
2/26/2019 11:55 PM

  The Chinese have been screwing us for years. Trump is the only one with the stones to take them on. Bob...change your name to Nancy.

John Day, OR
3/6/2019 12:40 PM

  Well boys, your both pretty and maybe you are in a basement idk. Trump is making China great again. We loose those soybean sales to Brazil, they won’t come back. Look at the market prices and substitute goods are also on the decline. Stop arguing about who wore it beat and look at the numbers. Another 6 billion set asaide for farmers but it doesn’t help offset the sales never returning? Nor all those jobs in the supply chain in between.

Stockton, KS
2/27/2019 11:02 AM

  It seems like those of us who continue to support President Trump have to question every anti trump statement as being from Hollywood or another politician. They all seem to be the same phrase or parroted spew. Admittedly tough to do, but try getting some actual facts about what President Trumps past in business has been, and then get some skin of your own in the game, the all talk AND hat seems to be what the anti President Trump crowd is all about. Make America Great Again!


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