Trump Slams China Ahead of Trade Data

Trump Slams China Ahead of Trade Data

July 12, 2019 44 By Kailee Schamberger



this of course President Trump claimed was a big win for him but we're not seeing trying to buy more of anything they're buying less absolutely so out of this Trump XI meeting we really didn't get a lot of details one of the few things that Trump told us of course that was good for the US side is that China had apparently agreed to buy more US agricultural goods and you know that was that's sort of the smallest point I think in this trade deal that the Trump administration is trying to deal with right now things like IP theft and state subsidies in China obviously the harder issues but of course this would be a win for farmers and that's a politically sensitive group for for Trump as he heads into a re-election campaign but as you mentioned share en the data shows today that actually the Chinese agriculture purchases from the US as I have actually dipped since that meeting and you know we have Trump himself questioning whether China is really committed to increasing those purchases mmm and Selena of course every time that President Trump has been very optimistic about progress in the trade talks the response from China has been pretty measured what exactly are they saying about these agricultural goods what we're hearing is some misalignment on the China side what we're hearing is that they claimed they didn't make any specific commitments to buy more agricultural purchases and that this was contingent on how the talks progressed and Bloomberg actually reported several weeks ago that they were considering this as a goodwill measure but the size and scale would likely be much smaller than the previous time at the same time we're also hearing from the Ministry of Commerce here in Beijing that talks will restart but on the basis of mutual equality and respect and the assumption is that when Trump makes tweets like this it doesn't really help that cause that China is hoping for to be on this level playing field and also despite some of these early indications that these phone calls are starting that negotiations may continue there's a lot of pessimism here in Beijing among bureaucrats and former diplomats who really see both of these positions of these countries hardening especially after talks broke down and there's still a lot of disagreement about who walked back on terms why they broke down many differences remain agricultural purchases only being one of them of course there's still the removal sheriff's enforcement and Huawei so there is no clear path that anybody is seeing on either side into how a lasting deal can be made at this point