Trade war: China says U.S. talks 'laid ground' to resolve dispute

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President Donald Trump earlier expressed optimism in a tweet, exclaiming "Talks with China are going very well!".

The United States says talks in Beijing on ending a bruising trade war focused on Chinese promises to buy more American goods.

After that meeting, top US officials said China had made an additional $1.2 trillion in trade commitments.

Key decisions on some of the tougher issues are expected to be left for future rounds of talks, such as U.S. complaints that Beijing's policies force American companies to hand over technology and unfairly boost Chinese firms with subsidies.

No schedule for further face-to-face negotiations was released, and USTR said the American delegation would return to Washington to report on the meetings and "to receive guidance on the next steps".

The Associated Press, however, reported that world markets dropped as there was no clarity on whether progress had been made to end the trade war between the two countries, despite the talks being extended by a day.

U.S. officials have long complained that China has failed to live up to trade promises, often citing Beijing's pledges to resume imports of American beef that took more than a decade to implement.

China also proposed clear bans on forced technology transfer in new draft foreign investment legislation.

The Trump administration is pushing for a way to make sure China delivers on its commitments in any deal. The new law would increase the penalties for willfully infringing on patents. We are right now taking in $billions in Tariffs.

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Shares extended gains in Asia on hopes for progress in resolving the tariffs battle between the USA and China as talks appeared to have been extended in Beijing. It looks as if we will soon know if the president is correct. -China trade war wrapped up. Politically, Xi is being criticised within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for failing to be sufficiently conciliatory to Washington and thus exacerbating tensions.

While Chinese goods going to the US initially held up in the face of higher tariffs due to so-called front-loading, their value slumped in the final quarter of 2018, according to the latest available data.

"The earlier escalation of the trade conflict between the USA and China and souring bilateral relations appear to have given way to a more conciliatory approach since early December", he wrote in a note Thursday. The move prompted China to increase tariffs on United States dollars 110 billion of USA goods. US officials have repeatedly accused China of not fulfilling agreements, with Ross saying on Monday that "the real issue is what are the enforcement mechanisms, what are the punishments if people don't do what they were supposed to do?"

The negotiations now pave the way for both countries' top negotiators - US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He - to thrash out a deal.

The US delegation was supposed to end its visit on Tuesday.

As Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of China's Global Times newspaper, noted on Twitter, trade issues were addressed "most smoothly".

China has also cut tariffs on U.S. cars, dialled back on an industrial development plan known as "Made in China 2025", and told its state refiners to buy more USA oil.

Washington's targeting of the "Made in China 2025" program underscores the fundamental obstacles to any resolution of the economic disputes. However, the U.S., which is desperate to arrest its long-term historic decline, regards China's technological advances as an existential threat, not only to its global economic dominance, but also to its military superiority.

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