US, China move closer to trade deal despite heated rhetoric

Trump Willing To Wait Until After 2020 Election To Resolve Trade Disputes With China

Trump 'likes' idea of waiting to make a trade deal with China

Jude Woodward, author of "The US vs China: Asia's new Cold War?", joined Radio Sputnik's By Any Means Necessary on Tuesday to discuss Trump's trade deal announcement and what may come about as a result of the delay.

The talks had appeared to survive Beijing's anger at U.S. legislation backing Hong Kong's protesters, but the latest flare-up has given markets the jitters because traders had priced in an agreement. "I don't think it's up to if they want to make it, it's if I want to make it".

Phasing out of existing tariffs has "always been part of things", but the core issue is whether the two sides can work out a "total package" that is in the interests of both, he said, noting that "the president made clear he's under no time pressure to get it done".

Trump has readied an additional 15 percent tariff on about $156 billion of Chinese goods set for December 15, but there is little sign that the "phase one" deal announced in October will take place beforehand.

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Trade conflicts and a weakening global economy are impacting new orders, production, hiring and exports.

"But I don't think that in the final analysis Trump cares about that, because the decisive thing, really, is whether the major allies - the European allies - break with the USA over this".

She did not elaborate on what the measures might be.

Trump, speaking Wednesday at a meeting in London with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said the discussions with China are going very well.

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The U.S. House of Representatives' passage of a bill proposing a stronger response to a crackdown on Muslims in China's west also added yet another layer of tension, drawing swift condemnation from Beijing on Wednesday.

Vice-Foreign Minister Qin Gang made "stern representations" to Mr William Klein, the US Embassy's minister counsellor for political affairs, and urged the US to stop interfering in China's domestic affairs. "We've had some very good benefits from that", Ross told Reuters in NY.

"We continue to call on the PRC to immediately release all those arbitrarily detained, and to end its draconian policies that for more than two years have terrorized its own citizens in Xinjiang", the statement said, using the initials of China's official name, the People's Republic of China.

"I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong", Trump said in a statement.

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Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress, said the House bill was an important action opposing "China's continued push of extreme persecution", and that the organisation looks forward to Trump signing it into law. Beijing said on Monday it banned United States military ships and aircraft from visiting the island and sanctioned several US-based nongovernment organisations. A report from Chinese state media earlier had indicated the government would soon publish a list of "unreliable entities" if the Xinjiang bill passes that could lead to sanctions against USA companies.

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