WH trade advisor vows 'tough' talks with China

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14 Dec 2018

White House trade advisor vows 'tough' talks with China

United States President Donald Trump's trade negotiators will hold "tough" talks with China, a senior White House advisor said yesterday while cautioning against watching day-to-day reports on the negotiations.

The whole world is watching the trade talks between Washington and Beijing, hoping the 90-day tariff truce will hold and the two sides can end a dispute that could disrupt the global economy.

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Prize for US, China, world is complete structural reform: Navarro

Prize for US, China, world is complete structural reform: Navarro

"From our point of view, what we must do is hold fast, stay tough, and focus on a prize," US trade advisor Peter Navarro said.

Navarro, an anti-China firebrand, said, "The prize for this country and for the world and for China really is complete structural reform to put an end to all these practices which are disrupting the global economy."

Previous talks

Talks began after Trump met Jinping on December 1

Navarro said the key will be to "trust but verify".

The talks began after Trump met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires on December 1.

In followed-up talks by phone on Monday, Beijing pledged to lower punitive tariffs on US auto imports, resume purchases of American soybeans, and reform its 10-year economic program to allow more US investment, according to reports.

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Financial markets recover, Navarro advises 'don't get hung up now'

Financial-markets have alternatively recovered and slumped on each new hint of progress or increased tensions between the world's largest economies. Navarro said his advice to investors was "don't get hung up now in the day-to-day news about what China is saying it's going to do".

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Structural issues such as cyber intrusion are also important: Navarro

Structural issues such as cyber intrusion are also important: Navarro

"I would just focus on March 1st when we'll have a complete offer from China that will be negotiated behind closed doors, not on the front page of The Wall Street Journal," said Navarro.

He said the US wants China to buy more from the United States, but structural issues are also important including theft of American technology, "cyber intrusions," and "state-directed investment".

A brief about the trade war between US and China

The two sides, US and China, have exchange punitive tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in trade, and prior to the ceasefire, Washington had been poised to more than double the rate on $200 billion in Chinese goods starting January 1.

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