Xi strikes conciliatory tone on trade but offers few concessions

Xi strikes conciliatory tone on trade but offers few concessions

China denied President Xi Jinping's pledge this week to further open the country's economy was related to its trade spat with the United States, insisting on Thursday there were now no negotiations between the two sides.

Vice Premier Liu He had already vowed at the World Economic Forum in January that China would roll out fresh market opening moves this year, and that it would lower auto import tariffs in an "orderly way".

China is threatening the tariffs in response to Trump moving to enact protectionist measures as punishment for Chinese theft of US intellectual property.

President Xi Jinping - in his first public comments since the two nations veered toward a trade war - presented China as a steady, globalizing force that seeks to partner with countries rather than manipulate them. "In one way or another, they can help us to deter any threat", Bautista said, adding that the American military presence helps secure vulnerable Philippine waters.

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Robert Kaplan said on Tuesday that trade issues between the United States and China won't get resolved soon and warned of potential damage if the dispute is prolonged. He promised progress on areas that are USA priorities, including opening China's banking industry and boosting imports to China. He didn't address other thorny topics including requirements for foreign companies to give technology to potential local competitors.

Last week, the Trump administration unveiled plans to impose tariffs on 1,300 Chinese products, worth about $50 billion a year in imports to the United States.

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The tax bill also proposes a 6% sales tax on a variety of services, including auto and home repairs and funding for education. But not rejecting the vetoes means the state government won't have money to operate for the next two years.

Trump's proposed tariff hike was a response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.

Within hours, Beijing counterpunched with similar plans to impose tariffs on $50 billion in American products, including soybeans and small aircraft.

Jia declined to comment on Trump's decision not to attend the summit, which would have marked the US president's first visit to Latin America since taking office last year, but mentioned Chinese president Xi has visited Latin America three times in the past four years.

In that speech, China basically surrendered, and so now President Trump may be going to put more pressure on them before he accepts any final offers. That leaves time for the two countries to negotiate.

Markets surged in response in Asia, Europe and also in the US, where the Dow jumped 300 points before the opening bell Tuesday. Till then, the tough talk continues.

Russian assets extended Monday's slide as investors digested the new round of US sanctions targeting the country's tycoons. In that speech he framed China as the world's new champion of free trade in an implicit rebuke to Trump.

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As Trump tweeted last Saturday: "The United States hasn't had a Trade Surplus with China in 40 years".

China's President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during the opening of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 in Boao, south China's Hainan province yesterday.

Mr Xi also said China would raise the foreign ownership limit in the automobile sector as soon as possible and push previously announced measures to open the financial sector.

"Stronger IPR protection is the requirement of foreign enterprises, and even more so of Chinese enterprises", Xi said.

He declared China's need for a well-armed navy had "never been more pressing". China has responded with its own $50 billion list of US goods for retaliation if Washington goes ahead with the increase.

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