Trump open to letting March 1 deadline for China tariffs slide

Daniel Fowler
February 14, 2019

"The relevant actions of the USA warships violated Chinese sovereignty, and undermined peace, security, and order in the relevant sea areas", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Monday, South China Morning Post reported. "They're showing us tremendous respect", Trump added.

Mnuchin appeared at a Beijing hotel a couple of days ahead of scheduled high-level meetings with Chinese officials in the capital, with a March 1 deadline looming to strike an accord. The situation could get worse as a truce on tariffs is set to expire in early March.

Erin Ennis, senior vice president of the U.S.

When asked if he will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at end-March, he said: "Not at this point".

Speaking to Fox News on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said: "we'll see what happens on whether or not the president makes a move to change the deadline". There have already been two high-profile meetings between the two countries since the start of the year, though the amount of progress made remains unclear. They are under the gun to seal an accord ahead of the deadline set by Donald Trump, though the USA president said on Tuesday that he was open to extending that, depending on progress in Beijing. -China Business Council, said more time may be needed for a deal, which will require a meeting between Trump and his Chinese counterpart to complete.

Mr Trump said last week that he did not plan to meet Mr Xi before the March 1 deadline. "It's a necessary part of the deal".

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These include ending China's alleged violations of intellectual-property rights and forced transfers of American technologies.

US trade representative Robert Lighthizer, center, a member of the USA trade delegation to China, arrives at a hotel in Beijing, China, Feb. 12, 2019.

China's Foreign Ministry referred questions on talks to the Ministry of Commerce, which did not respond to a request for comment.

Two US Navy destroyers conducted a freedom-of-navigation operation in the South China Sea on Monday, challenging China's claims to the Spratly Islands.

"China will continue resisting USA demands in certain areas, such as changes to its industrial strategy and the role of the state in its economy", said Eswar Prasad, a Cornell University economist who was head of the China division at the International Monetary Fund.

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