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Trump downplays US-China trade fight, says talks ongoing

16 May 2019

China's economy showed further signs of weakness in April as the slowest growth in retail sales for 16 years highlighted the task leaders have in ramping up domestic demand at the same time as fighting a painful trade war with the US.

However, the onshore yuan weakened 0.1% to its lowest level since December 27, 2018, trading at 6.8874 per dollar, after the foreign ministry said it hoped the United States would not underestimate China's determination to defend its interests.

"It's likely that it will take markets a day or two to adjust to this increased rhetoric around trade, because markets up until a week ago thought that trade had been put to bed", said Carol Schleif, deputy chief investment officer with Abbot Downing in Minneapolis. It's part of why we should get our minds around the distinct possibility that this trade war will go on a long time. "There's still a lot of work to do".

"Strength is the only way to win with China", Schumer said. China retaliated by raising tariffs on $60 billion in USA goods.

The president more than doubled tariffs, from 10% to 25%, on Chinese imports last week and has vowed to levy tariffs on another $300 billion in Chinese goods. The agricultural department has already rolled out roughly $12 billion to help offset farmers' China-related losses.

Amid complaints from trading partners in Europe and North America, who see the United States as having embraced a "carrot-and-stick" strategy that has been thin on carrots, the Trump administration may be signaling a softer approach.

Also on Monday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC the two countries are "still in negotiations".

The three countries have not yet ratified the new deal. That amounts to tariffs on virtually all Chinese imports. Many were expecting good news, with farmers hoping this would be a turning point in a long line of trade mishaps from the Trump administration. The decision to delay was expected to be made on Friday, officials and automakers said.

Global stock markets, which have swooned in the past week over the rising trade tensions, gained ground on Wednesday after the reports of the planned delay.

And the two markets most affected by U.S. Last year the United States imposed tariffs on all imports of washing machines, solar panels, steel and aluminum, and the administration currently is considering tariffs of up to 25% on all auto and auto parts imports, citing national security concerns.3 Were the U.S. to follow through on this and its threat to subject another $300 billion in Chinese imports to tariffs, its applied tariff rate would be significantly higher than at any point in the past 80 years.4 Given the global economy's significant exposure to trade-exports now account for roughly 23% of global GDP compared to a mere 7% in the 1940s5- we expect the impacts of such broad tariffs would be widespread, weighing on global economic growth and productivity for years to come. This mercantilist notion-that something shady must be happening unless the Unites States exports at least as much to a particular country as it imports from that country-continues to dominate his thinking about worldwide trade.

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have called the expanding trade frictions the biggest uncertainties for the global economy.

The CEO of the Michigan Pork Producers Association, Mary Kelpinski, believes that retaliatory tariffs will hurt the ability for American farmers to expand their market into China, which happens to be the world's biggest pork market.

Retail sales grew by 7.2 percent year-on-year in April, significantly lower than the 8.7 percent growth recorded in March.

On May 10, U.S. The fall in industrial production conforms with the fall in the PMI.

There is unease in the U.S. Congress about the potential fallout of tariffs on the broader American economy.

Trump downplays US-China trade fight, says talks ongoing