That started when U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that he would raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25 percent from 10 percent by the end of the week and would "soon" target the remaining Chinese imports with tariffs. Ambassador Robert Lighthizer's office filed a notice with the Federal Register indicating tariffs on Chinese goods would increase from 10% to 25%.
I assume that Trump has examined both the political and economic implications of increasing tariffs on Chinese goods. However, Trump's team says that the Chinese have reneged on commitments made during the negotiations. Trump announced the plan on Sunday.
A 100-strong Chinese trade delegation is expected in Washington on Wednesday for the resumption of talks, while U.S. media speculated that China was ready to suspend talks.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told Yahoo Finance he's hopeful negotiations will lead to "significant progress" to expand access to Chinese markets.
Trump's tweets initially sent the market reeling on Monday.
The clarification from the Trump administration on Wednesday offers USA and Chinese negotiators a window of two to four extra weeks to reach a deal before the bulk of the pain from the higher tariffs directly hits U.S. consumers and businesses, based on shipping times between the countries.
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"The president, I think, is trying to get China's attention and get them back to the table", said Thune.
Weak trade figures might "add more pressure to leaders from both sides to get a deal done", Macquarie Bank said in a report.
Liu last week told Lighthizer and Mnuchin that they needed to trust China to fulfil its pledges through administrative and regulatory changes, two of the sources said. "China won't shun problems and is honest about continuing talks".
In particular, observers were paying close attention to whether Beijing would scrap Liu's visit to the U.S.
Trump's new tariff announcements have tanked stock markets worldwide as investors, like anxious USA farmers and businesses, had been banking on a resolution to the year-long conflict that has engulfed $360 billion in two-way trade. It also would seem to be inevitable that there could be isolated events of layoffs, furloughs, hiring freezes and financial losses in many street-level instances. The Times calls Trump's decision "a political calculation that staying tough on China will be a better proposition in the 2020 campaign" than entering into the deal many expected to be finalized. Also unclear is what would happen to the U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports. It also has retaliated by slowing customs clearance for USA companies in China and delaying issuing licenses in insurance and other industries.
"The market was just very complacent thinking a deal would happen", said Sandy Villere, portfolio manager at Villere & Co.