Donald Trump Hopeful of G20 U.S.-China Trade Deal

Dec 02, 2018, 01:59
Donald Trump Hopeful of G20 U.S.-China Trade Deal

It was unlikely that the two countries would reach a full-blown resolution in Buenos Aires; the issues that divide them are just too hard.

The British Embassy in Argentina said Prime Minister Theresa May's visit would be the first by a United Kingdom prime minister to Argentina's capital.

The US had been the main holdout on almost every issue, officials previously said, as US President Donald Trump has criticised the WTO and taken aggressive trade policies targeting China and the EU. For example, a draft says 19 of the participants agree on the importance of upholding the Paris climate accord, but the USA doesn't.

China also pushed back in talks on steel, South Africa objected to language on trade, Australia did not want the statement to be too soft on migration and Turkey anxious it would push too far on climate change, according to the officials.

A Chinese foreign ministry official in Buenos Aires said there were signs of increasing consensus ahead of the discussions but that differences persisted.

Meanwhile Wang Xiaolong, director general of the Foreign Ministry's department of global economic affairs, said negotiations between Chinese and USA officials were making some progress.

The president "will know through facts and instinct how to handle this", Kudlow told reporters earlier in the week.

But China pushed back in talks on steel, South Africa objected to language on trade, Australia didn't want the statement to be too soft on migration and Turkey anxious it would push too far on climate change.

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President Trump said recently that current tariff levels on $200bn (£157bn) of Chinese imports would rise as planned . President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires would produce any agreement.

Trump's skepticism that global warming is caused by human activity has raised questions about whether the countries will be able to find enough common ground on climate change to include it in any communique.

It was also one of the few items left on the agenda as Trump shifted his summit schedule yet again on Saturday.

A 3.8-magnitude quake has struck 33 kilometres south of Buenos Aires, Argentina where several world leaders including Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have gathered for the G20 summit.

The summit is meant to focus on issues such as labor, infrastructure, development, financial stability, climate sustainability and global commerce.

Trump is right that people in the USA like their American-made light trucks, though that is in fact one of the main reasons for GM closing the factories it's closing.

Mnuchin's influence - cheered by investors - may be tempered by the presence of Peter Navarro, a noted China hawk who advises Trump on trade.

Trump also has China in his sights as he prepares to meet President Xi Jinping on the G20 margins.

An expected high-profile bilateral meeting between Mr Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin planned for Saturday was abruptly cancelled by Mr Trump, who made the announcement in a tweet citing Russia's seizure of Ukrainian vessels over the weekend.

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At this years summit, the group will discuss reforms that need to be made to world trade and issues such as climate change, the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents, and Russia's actions in Ukraine. According to Reuters, audio caught bin Salman telling Macron not to worry to which Macron replied, "I am anxious".

Putin grinned broadly and welcomed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman like a long-lost friend with an enthusiastic handshake after the group photo, where Trump looked on somberly and Xi stood impassively.

Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul Oct. 2, a death that shocked many world leaders sitting around the table with bin Salman at the G-20.

Trump called the pact a "model agreement that changes the trade landscape forever".

Ms O'Neil said she anticipates that to be "quite smooth" in Mexico and Canada, but passage could be more complicated in the United States after midterm elections flipped the House of Representatives, meaning the next speaker could be Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi.

Investors and the key USA trading partners agree that one of the main problems of the economic relationship lies in China's closed economy.

They say the Chinese state's involvement in the economy has created a steel and aluminium supply glut.

President Donald Trump puts down the translation device during his welcome by Argentina's President Mauricio Macri, right, at Casa Rosada presidential house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov. 30, 2018, on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders' Summit. The two countries went to war over the South Atlantic archipelago in 1982.

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Regarding May's visit, he said: "Macri has reiterated at various moments that dialogue must be maintained".