Parts of an interim deal have been finalized – U.S representative for trade talks

Parts of an interim deal have been finalized – U.S representative for trade talks
Written by:
Michael Harris
25th October 2019
Updated: 11th March 2020
  • U.S stock indices printing daily highs following the announcement by the U.S representative.
  • China to purchase $40 to $50 billion of U.S agricultural products.
  • Trump administration silent regarding an imminent trade hike on Chinese goods set for December.

The U.S – China trade negotiations have accomplished more than the analysts could have forecasted. Ever since the trade talks were kicked off earlier in October 2019, Vice Premier Liu He and President Trump have been reiterating that the negotiations are heading in the right direction. In the recent development, an official statement by the U.S representative has highlighted that a significant part of the interim deal with China has almost been finalized. The announcement was made on Friday morning, October 25th, 2019.

The update was made public following a formal conversation between three of the central personnel for trade talks; Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, Treasury Secretary for the U.S, Mr. Steven Munchin, and the U.S representative for negotiations with China, Mr. Robert Lighthizer.

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Deputy Level Discussions To Continue In The Near Future

According to Mr. Robert Lighthizer, prominent issues highlighted in the interim deal have been discussed and a few sections of it are soon to take the form of an official agreement. He further added that he is set to talk with Mr. Liu He over the phone to further the discussions at the deputy level in the near future.

The U.S – China trade talks have been the primary driving force for the financial markets around the globe. Following the announcement, the stock indices were reported to have made their daily highs for Friday, October 25th, 2019.

China Pledged To Purchase $40 to $50 Billion of U.S Agricultural Products

In a Press Conference on Friday, President Trump has also restated that things are going well with China. In his remarks, he commented that in the best interest of the United States of America, it is his utmost priority to resolve the issues regarding forced technology transfers and theft of United States’ intellectual property on China’s part all the while pledging Asia’s superpower to purchase U.S agricultural products worth $40 to even $50 billion.

Following the previously imposed punitive tariffs by China on U.S crops, President Trump aims at containing the damage via promoting Chinese purchases of United States’ agricultural products that will work in favor of the farmers in the long run.

In return, the U.S has already postponed tariff hike on Chinese goods worth $250 billion that was otherwise to be effective by October 15th. Sources have also reported that while Chinese representative has tried to push hard to terminate the plan of the next tariff hike by the U.S in December, the Trump Administration has not cleared its stance and no official statement that addresses the concern has been released so far.

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