US Lifts Tariffs on 400 Chinese Products as Trump Cites Progress

U.S. President Donald Trump said his administration was “making a lot of progress” with China on Friday, as deputy-level trade talks continued for a second day and Washington lifted tariffs on over 400 Chinese products.

Trump, speaking to reporters at a White House meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, said the United States was taking in billions of dollars from tariffs imposed on Chinese products, adding that the total would soon reach $100 billion.

“I will say this: we’re making a lot of progress with China,” Trump said.

The United States Trade Representative’s office issued three Federal Register notices exempting a wide range of products from tariffs in response to requests from U.S. companies, which argued that the levies would cause economic hardship.

The 437 exempted products range from printed circuit boards for computer graphics processors to dog collars, laminated wood flooring and miniature Christmas lights.

Chinese and U.S. negotiators are holding two days of talks that were expected to focus heavily on agriculture, and lay the groundwork for high-level talks in early October that would determine whether the two countries are working toward a solution or headed for new and higher tariffs on each other’s goods.

The United States is asking that China substantially increase purchases of American soybeans and other farm commodities, a person with knowledge of the planned discussions told Reuters.

Chinese delegates will visit American farm regions with U.S. officials next week, in a gesture of goodwill.

However, the Trump administration and China’s Communist Party remain far apart on issues that are the basis of their trade dispute, including the U.S. declaring some Chinese state companies national security risks, and Beijing’s refusal to revamp its economic model by eliminating subsidies for state companies.

Trade experts, executives and government officials in both countries say that even if the September and October talks produce an interim deal, the U.S.-China trade war has hardened into a political and ideological battle that runs far deeper than tariffs and could take years to resolve.

Observers in Beijing said the new tariff exemptions were a welcome sign, but the trade talks remain on a delicate footing.

The exemptions are “seen as a goodwill signal by China,” Hu Xijin, editor of the influential state-run tabloid Global Times, said Friday on Twitter. “Interaction of goodwill between China and the U.S. is still fragile.”

via newsmax

4 comments

  1. So glad that Trump is finally doing something about the lopsided trade with China and addressing the illegal theft of intellectual property, patented devices and other things than could be used against us and against their own citizens. I certainly would not trust the Chinese leadership though. They have proven over and over again in the past that their word is worth nothing. We must be vigilant after any agreement is made to be certain of compliance. Then there is the massive shipments of Fentanyl that they are sending to this country that the leaders claim to know nothing about. Even though they control every aspect of their culture and economy. Another obvious lie and attempt to undermine our country.

  2. I see it as a joke! What if China lifts 2 more tariffs They get our pork and soybeans while people in our country go hungry. Does all this mean we are going to lift another 437 tariffs on them? 2 China verses 437 America since when is this fair??!!! We are losing big time in this tariffs war….

  3. Great comments Neil DeBoer, however, I’m afraid of them coming over here & touring any of our Farms, Dairies, or Facilities, especially high tech & motorized facilities of vehicles, trains, airplanes, military facilities, bridges, damns, anything as they have stolen so much from us!! They need to just negotiate, say either yes or no!! They do not need to see any of our procedures before they say they will cooperate or they won’t! My X’s sister-in-law had a manufacturing company offa tic paint, glitter, all different kinds of rhinestone studs, buttons & such. They toured her plant innCA & stole a custom design piece of equipment & her formula for her custom fabric paint. She sued them along with the government’s backing. This is why I am saying this…it’s even the small stuff they are after!! They need to say OK only if we are allowed to tour all of their farms & facilities & scope things out in China!! They need to play equally fair up front first!! By the way, she won her law suit & got a substantial amount of money!

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