U.S.-China trade talks going for “small deal”?


Is a trade deal in the making between China
and the U.S.? The much anticipated trade talks between the
world’s two biggest economies kicked off on Thursday in Washington… with the two sides
still working to narrow the gap. Lee Kyung-eun reports. The stocks on Wall Street saw an increase
in response to rising hopes for the ongoing U.S.-China trade talks, which kicked off in
Washington on Thursday local time. Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He is leading the
Beijing delegation… and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and trade representative Robert
Lighthizer are on the American side for the two-day meeting. This is the first such meeting in three months,
with the previous round in Shanghai ending with no deal. As of now, no details have been revealed,
but President Trump hinted at a positive outcome. “I think it’s going really well. I will say, I think it’s going really well. So we had a very, very good negotiation with
China.” On the same day, he also tweeted that it was
a big day of negotiations with China,… and added that he will meet China’s Liu He on
Friday at the White House. Given these optimistic comments by Trump,
there’s rising possibility of a small deal. Bloomberg and foreign reports say, the two
sides may agree on a partial agreement. It could include a currency agreement and
additional agricultural purchases by China… in exchange for a delay of the tariff hikes
by the U.S. Washington had previously announced it would
impose a 30 percent tariff on Chinese goods starting next week. China had also echoed the optimistic sentiment
of the U.S. Liu He said that China has come with great
sincerity and is willing to make progress with Washington on trade balance, market access
and investor protection. Meanwhile, the industry’s general consensus
is slightly more pessimistic with many saying a big deal seems very unlikely. However, with the two sides proactively engaging
in talks, the world is paying close attention to the outcome on Friday. Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang news.

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