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Top Chinese economic adviser to visit United States next week for trade talks

09 May, 2018, 00:43 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • China-US Trade Gap Widens as Firms Run to Beat Looming Trump Tariffs

Trade discussions between China and the US have intensified as Trump has targeted the trade imbalance between the two countries and insufficient intellectual property protections in China.

China said last week that some progress was made in the talks in Beijing, but acknowledged that the two sides remain far apart on some issues.

That news comes against the backdrop of intensive conversations between President Donald Trump's administration and Beijing about trade issues, including a demand from the American side to close the trade gap between the two countries.

The visit by Vice Premier Liu He - considered President Xi Jinping's right-hand man on economic issues - comes after he led talks in Beijing last week with a high-level U.S. delegation that made little headway in resolving the standoff.

However, there are concerns about the chances of success.

For January-April, it rose to US$80.4 billion, compared with about US$71 billion in the same period previous year.

"We believe this shows the U.S. wishes to reach a consensus with China on trade issues", ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing.

This will hopefully encourage a pragmatic approach to the trade negotiations by Chinese policymakers in order to avoid the imposition of tariffs and an even sharper slowdown in export growth, Evans-Pritchard added.

China's trade with the wider world also continued improve, Tuesday's figures showed, after it posted a rare deficit in March.

However, some analysts said the strong showing was mostly seasonal and that the global export recovery might have already topped out.

Exports of mechanical and electrical products rose 8.7 percent year-on-year to 2.84 trillion yuan, accounting for 59.1 percent of the total value of exports.

The Trump administration has drawn a hard line, demanding a US$200 billion (S$268 billion) cut in the Chinese trade surplus with the U.S., sharply lower tariffs and advanced technology subsidies.

The economist noted that while softer foreign demand is being largely offset by domestic strength for now, the headwinds to growth from slower credit creation look set to increase.

Shayne Heffernan Funds Manager at HEFFX holds a Ph.D.in Economics and brings with him over 25 years of trading experience in Asia and hands on experience in Venture Capital, he has been involved in several start ups that have seen market capitalization over $500m and 1 that reach a peak market cap of $15b.

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