Chinese President Xi Jinping - Credit Bloomberg
Talks between mid-level US and Chinese officials in Beijing were extended for a third day into Wednesday, adding to optimism fueled by tweets from Trump that the two sides are making progress toward an agreement.
Wednesday 09, January 2019
(Bloomberg) --President Donald Trump is increasingly eager to strike a deal with China soon in an effort to perk up financial markets that have slumped on concerns over the trade war, according to people familiar with internal White House deliberations.
The US delegation were seen carrying their luggage with them as they left their hotel for the negotiations on Wednesday morning.
Inside the White House, some key economic advisers are campaigning for a quick resolution to the trade conflict to help soothe battered markets. The S&P 500 Index has fallen about eight per cent since Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed on a 90-day truce at a 1 December meeting in Argentina.
“Talks with China are going very well!, ” Trump tweeted on Tuesday, the latest in a series of upbeat messages from him on the negotiations since both his meeting with Xi and the December market turmoil.
US stock-index futures climbed during the Asia trading day with March contracts on the S&P 500 Index gaining as much as 0.5 per cent.
According to people familiar with the matter, Trump’s willingness to cut a deal with Beijing is driven in large part by his desire for markets to rally. He publicly said he’s eager to make a deal that benefits both sides while also stressing that China’s slowing economy and falling stock market signal the country is more desperate than the US for a speedy outcome.
Still, talks between the world’s two biggest economies have repeatedly yielded no breakthroughs since they started in May, and Beijing has repeatedly said it will not cave to US demands.
The two countries have until 1 March before US tariffs on some $200 billion in Chinese goods are set to rise to 25 per cent from 10 per cent.
The president has focused on the stock market as it’s fallen over the past month as a gauge of success or failure, expressing frustration at the volatility, the people said.
China hawks in the administration have grown increasingly concerned about how the market turbulence has been affecting the president’s mood on trade. In public statements aides like Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, and Peter Navarro, a White House trade adviser, have played down the impact of the trade wars on markets, the US economy and companies.
In private, some administration officials have confessed frustration in recent weeks with the market declines, appearing bemused by investors’ concerns over the China trade wars and how to address them.