World leaders arrive for G20 summit

30 November, 2018, 09:47 | Author: Rachel Logan
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"I think we're very close to doing something with China, but I don't know that I want to do it, because what we have right now is billions and billions of dollars coming into the United States in the form of tariffs or taxes", Trump told reporters as he departed the White House to travel to the G-20. But Trump escalated tensions earlier in the week, when he repeated a threat to put tariffs on the remaining Chinese goods if a deal can't be reached.

The Trump administration is seeking sweeping changes to China's state-driven economic policies, including new protections for US intellectual property, an end to joint-venture requirements, more access for USA firms to China's vast market and cuts to China's industrial subsidies. -Chinese business relations before the end of the year.

The administration this summer removed hundreds of items from the list of imported goods subject to tariffs after lobbying from USA companies.

The cancellation coincided with a new eruption in the controversy over Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election - an issue that also flared up when the pair held their only summit to date, in Finland in July. According to Allen, President Trump will most likely announce a "deal" with Xi that keeps open the possibility of additional talks, promises additional purchase of U.S. goods but ultimately doesn't force any immediate changes. He told The Wall Street Journal it was "highly unlikely" he would refrain from lifting the levy rates to 25 percent.

Previous summits have seen participants who are not permanent members of the G20 invited, and Spain is a permanent invited guest and will be represented in Argentina. China appears willing to renegotiate certain aspects of policy, such as boosted IP protection and cyber security regulations, as well as increased market access to bring it into line with WTO rules. "We've done this to help you and I think his disappointment is it seems like they kind of turned their back on him".

US President Donald Trump is warning that the Brexit deal struck with the European Union could hamper trade between London and Washington.

If the objective is to restore the USA economy to what it "used to be", then it won't only be China that will be adversely affected.

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Several automakers said privately on Wednesday they feared GM's action could prompt Trump to take action faster than expected on new tariffs. They are, of course, ultimately a tax on U.S. consumers and shareholders.

The EU and US suspended potential auto tariffs in a truce announced over the summer, but that deal may not hold much longer, some observers predict.

If Apple does get hit with tariffs, the impact may not be profound. This week General Motors announced it would close five of its North American plants, costing of almost 15,000 jobs.

On Thursday, however, Trump wrote on Twitter that he had chose to cancel the talks after receiving a full report on the naval incident in the Black Sea.

Global markets are also rattled at the prospect of the impasse remaining unresolved, more so after the US and China fell out over trade-related issues at the recent APEC summit, and, for the first time, no joint communique was released.

It doesn't help that neither Trump nor his trade or economic advisers are prepared to acknowledge (if, indeed, they recognise it) that a trade conflict harms the United States along with those it targets, or that a country that issues the world's reserve currency is inevitably going to run structural current account deficits.

The Trump administration is divided into rival camps when it comes to China. Another official said Mr. Navarro's addition was meant to send a message to China about the administration's resolve on trade.

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