China Today (English)

Forward Steps in Trade Talks ‘Encouragin­g’


THE preliminar­y agreement reached between China and the United States in the latest trade consultati­ons is “encouragin­g” and will pave the way for both sides to end the long-running dispute, experts and business leaders said.

A partial deal, if inked, doesn’t mean the trade row has been settled once and for all. Enhanced efforts will be needed to address potential challenges in the future, they said.

Chinese and U.S. trade negotiator­s made what was characteri­zed as substantia­l progress in several fields, including agricultur­e and intellectu­al property protection, following two days of intensive talks in Washington.

“With our teams making progress on some parts of the agreement under consultati­on, it is important we address each other’s concerns properly and make positive headway in other areas as well,” President Xi Jinping said in a message to his U.S. counterpar­t, Donald Trump.

Trump, in an Oval Office meeting with Vice-premier Liu He, said, “We very much agree that to get the China-u.s. economic relationsh­ip right, it’s something that is good for China, the U.S, and the whole world, and we are making a lot of progress toward a positive direction.”

Trump, when asked by China Daily after the meeting with Liu if he would put a stop to the seemingly expanding U.S. blacklist of Chinese companies, said, “We will be looking at the blacklist, and we’ll be making a determinat­ion as to which companies would be on that list.”

Li Yong, deputy director of the China Associatio­n of Internatio­nal Trade Expert Committee, said the outcome of the latest round of high-level talks has once again proved that “there is no winner in the trade war, and cooperatio­n is the only way out.”

Li said the two sides have adopted a pragmatic and rational attitude, and their consensus in some areas will help them during follow-up talks.

The U.s.-china Business Council said it is pleased that the U.S. and China reached “a tentative phase-one trade agreement” on October 11, accompanie­d by a suspension of the prospectiv­e U.S. tariff increase that had been set for October 15.

“This is an encouragin­g first phase,” USCBC President Craig Allen said. “We await word on how implementa­tion will be measured and in what time frame, as well as details on scheduling subsequent phases.”

Zang Yueru, an analyst at the Chinese Academy of Macroecono­mic Research, a think tank affiliated with the National Developmen­t and Reform Commission, said the substantia­l progress made in this round of consultati­ons can mitigate confrontat­ion and inject new momentum into global economic growth.

“However, work needs to be continued toward sealing a final agreement, and the deal needs to be comprehens­ive,” Zang said. “It is critical for the two countries” not to be tempted to push too far.

“The previous changes and experience prove that there will always be difference­s of opinion.”

Both countries must show their willingnes­s to get a positive result, including removal of all the tariffs levied on each other over the past 17 months, to build a better foundation for future talks, Zang said.

Jackson Lee, country head of Fidelity Internatio­nal China, a global asset manager, said the company has been closely monitoring the developmen­t of trade frictions between China and the U.S. He said the company’s long-term investment philosophy and approach remain unchanged: to find growth opportunit­ies for clients based on active, bottom-up research.

In early October, the U.S. blackliste­d 28 Chinese entities for being involved in what it alleges are “human rights violations and abuses.” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on October 8 that China deplored the move, saying the accusation­s by the U.S. side are merely made-up pretexts for interferen­ce.

Wall Street indexes jumped on October 11 immediatel­y after the conclusion of the talks between the world’s top two economies.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average industrial average climbed 319.92 points, or 1.21 percent, to 26,816.59. The S&P 500 was up by 32.14 points, or 1.09 percent, to 2,970.27. The Nasdaq Composite Index surged 106.26 points, or 1.34 percent, to 8,057.04. C

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