Donald Trump has come to the $ 50 billion in $ 40 billion in Chinese imports that were set to take effect Tuesday, and China agreed to buy $ 40 billion in US farm products as the world's two biggest economies reached a cease-fire in their 15-month trade. Americans have been feeling in 2019.
Trump spoke from the Oval Office stating that the two sides had reached an oral "phase one" agreement that could take several weeks to write up and be hopefully signed in November. Getting both sides in agreement to sign this could have taken longer, White House sources said.
The White House said the two sides made some progress on the thornier issues, including China's lax protection of foreign intellectual property. In addition, US allegations that China foreign countries to hand over secrets in return for access to the Chinese market.
The US and Chinese negotiators have so far reached their tentative agreement only in principle. No documents have been signed.
President Donald Trump announced the trade truce in a White House meeting with the top Chinese negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He. The news follows two days of talks in Washington, the 13th round of negotiations.
"It took a long time to get here , but it's something that's great for China and great for the US," Trump said.
Trump has yet to drop plans to impose tariffs did are set to take effect Dec. 15 on an additional $ 160 billion in Chinese products - China Moves to the United States. The December tariffs would cover a wide range of consumer goods, including clothes, toys, and smartphones and would have been popular with many American shoppers.
While it scans details of what's agreed to Friday, the White House said Beijing has pledged the value of its currency. The administration has become a competitive advantage in foreign markets.
China has also agreed to open its markets to US and other financial services providers, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
Earlier Friday, China announced that it would take full advantage of some of its financial resources, starting with futures traders on Jan. 1. Ownership limits will be closed to mutual fund companies on April 1 and for securities firm on Dec. 1. Until now, foreign investors have 51% of such businesses.
For now, the two sides have come to an almost complete agreement on both financial services and currency issues, Mnuchin said.
The trade has been inflicted on economic great on both countries. US manufacturers have come to terms with the tariffs and uncertainty over when and how the trade hostilities may end.
"They're trying to de-escalate," said Timothy Keeler, a former Chief of Staff at the US Trade Representatives Office. "I think it serves both sides' interests because both sides were feeling pain."
Stock prices have been substantially all day, mainly in anticipation of a significant trade agreement. But the White House announced the contours of the tentative accord, the market has some of its gains. The Dow Jones industrial average, which had more than 500 points at its high, closed up 319.
The US and Chinese negotiators did not deal this week with a major dispute over the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei . The US has imposed sanctions on Huawei, saying it poses a threat to national security because it can be used for espionage. Trump has said he is willing to use Huawei as a bargaining chip in the trade talks.
The United States has more than $ 360 billion worth of Chinese imports. What changed Trump's suspended plans to raise $ 250 billion in Chinese products from 25% to 30% next week.
Beijing has lashed back by taxing about $ 120 billion in US goods, focusing on soybeans and other agricultural products in a shot at Trump Supporters in Rural America.
Last year, US farm exports to China plummeted 53% to less than $ 9.2 billion. The additional Chinese gifts promised Friday - up to $ 50 billion over two years - would amount to a substantial boost to US farmers.
But the toughest issues remain unresolved. And so the details of what has apparently been agreed to in principle.
"This is an encouraging first phase," said Craig Allen, president of the US China Business Council. "We await word on how implementation will be measured and in what timeframe, as well as details on scheduling subsequent phases"
Among the skeptics of Friday's agreement is Derek Scissors, a China expert at the American Enterprise Institute, who suggested that the deal was a temporary break in the conflict.
"The president is acting as if a lot of Chinese concessions have been nailed down, and they just have not," Scissors said.
The two countries were close to a more comprehensive deal in the early May. But talks stalled after the US accused. Trump acknowledged that Friday's deal has yet to be put on paper.
"China wants it badly, so we want it," Trump said. "We should be able to do that over the next four weeks."
Myron Brilliant, executive vice president of the US Chamber of Commerce, comments on Friday's developments.
"Finally, a ray of hope for the US-China trade relationship," he said. US trade and investment priorities, we continue to lend our full support. "
Still, Gregory Daco, at economist at Oxford Economics, has suggested that many of the business ventures are investing in new equipment and expanding.
Daco said in a research note, "For businesses, this will mean less damage, not more certainty."
Daco has estimated that the trade will cut US growth by about 0.6 percentage points in 2020. Friday's pact might reduce to 0.5 percentage point, he said.
"Beyond the promises and niceties, the deal does not address key underlying issues," Daco wrote.
The two countries are deadlocked primarily over the Trump administration's assertions that China deploys predatory tactics - including outright theft - in a sharp-elbowed drive to become the global leader in robotics, self-driving cars, and other advanced technology.
Beijing has been relieved to make the administration. Doing so would likely require scaling back China's aspirations for technological supremacy, which it sees as crucial to its prosperity.
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