Stocks surge following US decision to postpone China tariff hike

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The U.S. trade deficit with China reached a record $382 billion through the first 11 months of 2018. However, his initial three-month delay on higher tariffs in December, and especially his latest decision to extend the talks, demonstrate his desire for a face-saving way to step back from the abyss.

Trump tweeted that the two sides had made "substantial progress" on structural issues, including protection of intellectual property and an end to the forced transfer of US technology.

That is why President Trump should use the imminent trade deal with China to, as much as possible, take the Green New Deal off the table by pushing Beijing to meet up with US environmental regulations, eliminating China's regulatory cost advantage and defining it as a non-tariff barrier to trade under the new agreement. During a meeting with Chinese Vice Premiere Liu He on Friday in the Oval Office, suggested it would take place sometime in March at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. "A very good weekend for U.S. & China!" he added.

US businesses will welcome the decision to delay higher tariffs.

The White House did not provide specific details on the kind of progress that had been made.

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"Trump clearly wants a deal and so do the Chinese, which certainly raises the probability that the two sides will come to some sort of negotiated agreement, even if it is a partial one, in the coming weeks", said Cornell University economist Eswar Prasad, former head of the International Monetary Fund's China division.

Trump's decision to delay the tariff increase has been greeted with a mixture of relief and dread among US industry groups and lawmakers, many of which are increasingly fed up with what they say is China's failure to live up to its World Trade Organization commitments.

The delegations "came a step closer to realising the important consensus reached" by Trump and Xi late a year ago, Xinhua said.

The tariffs have hurt both countries, increasing the price of Chinese-made televisions and baseball gloves for American consumers, and making American-grown soybeans and pork more expensive in China.

"We can't be sure whether this constitutes a major cave or success because we don't know the details of what has been negotiated". The announcement of a cooling in U.S. Trump at that point had already imposed import taxes on $250 billion in Chinese products ― a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion in goods and a 10 percent levy on the remaining $200 billion.

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President Donald Trump stoked expectations Monday for a successful conclusion to U.S.

United States equity index futures opened higher on Sunday evening as trading kicked off for the week. It lost 3.1 percent to settle at $55.48 a barrel in NY after Trump criticized rising oil prices in an early morning tweet.

The Shanghai Composite Index rose 2.4 percent while Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei 225 index gained 0.7 percent.

Nearly 53 percent of respondents favored leaving the tariffs in place or increasing them to 25 percent as a way to keep the pressure on China while the negotiations continue; another 43 percent said they should be removed.

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