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.
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."
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.
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".
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".
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.