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Donald Trump Announces "Very Substantial" Partial China Trade Deal

12 October 2019

The phase one agreement should be completed and signed "over the next four weeks", Trump said, and the phase two negotiations would start "almost immediately after" that.

As part of this phase, China will purchase between $40 billion and $50 billion in USA agricultural products.

China has agreed to open its markets to US banks and other financial services providers, Mnuchin said. In exchange, the US agreed to hold off on tariff hikes that were set to take effect Tuesday.

For now, Washington will hold off on a massive tariff increase planned for next week and - as negotiations progress - new December tariffs could also be cancelled, United States officials said. President Trump labeled China a "currency manipulator" earlier this year after Beijing reportedly lowered the value of the yuan.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with China's Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office at the White House after two days of trade negotiations in Washington October 11, 2019. "So you'll either have two phases or three phases".

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The signing could take place in the middle of November in Chile on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

"I will say I think it's going really well", Trump told the media without revealing details.

"We've been in similar situations before, with some kind of trade agreement seemingly at hand, but then the talks collapse", said Geraghty. "But there is a significant amount of work to do".

President Trump discusses the China trade agreement and its impact on farmers at a rally in Louisiana. The Chinese regime, in response, exempted US pork and soybeans from additional tariffs, and has recently made big purchases of USA soybeans. "We urge trade negotiators on both sides to keep working to a full agreement that rolls back all recent tariffs so everyone sees lower costs and shoe companies can unleash innovation and create new jobs". Crude oil prices rose, as did prices for key industrial metals such as copper and iron ore, often looked to as a barometer of the outlook for China's large industrial economy. While meeting with the Chinese vice premier at the White House, the president said this is "phase one" of a bigger deal.

The bruising battle over China's trade surplus and technology ambitions has disrupted global trade. Apart from the standard taxes, the Trump administration set and escalated tariffs on goods imported from China, which has lead to a trade war between the two nations.

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"Behind the hype, this is nothing more than a partial and ostensibly unsustainable deal lacking in real enforcement mechanism", said Gregory Daco, chief U.S. economist at Oxford Economics.

"For businesses this will mean less damage, not greater certainty", Daco said in a research note.

Chinese central bank chief Yi Gang also attended the trade talks. "Until we get a deal that ends existing tariffs, 2020 earnings visibility will remain murky, especially in light of the ongoing weakness in the global growth outlook".

Mnuchin said that the United States would decide whether to rescind the designation in a future phase of negotiations. In August, Trump delayed threatened tariffs against China, though he said he was doing so to limit the impact on Americans' holiday shopping, not as a good-will gesture to China. "It's not part of this agreement".

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