U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross arrived Saturday in Beijing where he started talks aimed at easing tensions over tariffs that have heightened fears of a trade war between the world's two biggest economies.
"The Trump administration's fixation on the trade deficit is exactly where I think the Chinese would prefer to have this", said Paul Haenle, director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing. Mnuchin represented the United States at the G7 summit in the resort ski town of Whistler, Canada, on Saturday. Some U.S. companies that buy steel are complaining that Trump's tariffs put them at a competitive disadvantage.
Jake Parker, vice-president of China operations at the US-China Business Council, said that the US party had explored ways to increase US exports and decrease the bilateral trade deficit.
Other countries have also criticized the US tariffs.
In his remarks on the meeting, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that "unfortunately the actions of the United States ... risk undermining the very values that traditionally have bound us together".
Earlier, Mnuchin had pointed to a rocky road ahead for the USA, which is now embroiled in trade disputes on two fronts, after talking about Washington's China policy. "So still, no trade", he said.
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"Even though some buyers wanted to buy from the USA, we dared not sell".
Ross is "going there to tread water", the person said, declining to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter. "As a fine friend and ally of the United States, nobody denies that".
Requested particularly on Fox's "Sunday Morning Futures" if the U.S.is prepared to throw away its relationship with China by continuing with threatened tariff hikes, Peter Navarro, director of the White Home Nationwide Commerce Council, pointed partially to an unfair relationship involving a multi-billion greenback commerce deficit, Protection Secretary Jim Mattis' warning of China's actions within the South China Sea and the specter of China stealing US mental property.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire even referred to the bloc as G6+1 as an indication of the deepening rift.
The formation of the World Trade Organization and the advent of trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement among the U.S., Mexico and Canada reduced tariffs or eliminated them altogether. "There were several issues discussed at the G7 over which there was no agreement", he told reporters.
The weekend brought no evidence that the world is stepping back from a damaging trade war. "But we're also standing firm that the president is the leader on this". "I think that we've had a massive effort on tax reform in the United States which has had an incredible impact on the U.S. economy".
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"We know that beggar-thy-neighbor policies don't work".
But this area is also the most sensitive and impacts America's future as well as China's.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who led the U.S. delegation for the latest round of talks in Beijing, is generally seen as part of the faction that is keen to promote free trade.
David Perdue of Georgia, said he was not ready for Congress to intervene because, having just returned from Asia, he's confident Trump has gained China's attention and he wants to see the strategy "play out".
They are particularly anxious about "Made in China 2025", a program which will pump hundreds of billions of dollars into high-tech industries like robotics and electric cars with the aim of making China a global leader.
After the obvious cease-fire, global monetary markets rallied in reduction. The prevailing view in the military and intelligence establishment is that China's efforts to outstrip the USA in the high-tech sector constitutes a threat to the economic and military supremacy of the United States.
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