Trump Delays China Tariff Increase as Trade Talks Approach

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Trump Delays China Tariff Increase as Trade Talks Approach(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump said he was postponing the imposition of 5% extra tariffs on Chinese goods by two weeks, a move that delays the next escalation of the trade war and brightens the backdrop for upcoming trade negotiations.“At the request of the Vice Premier of China, Liu He, and due to the fact that the People’s Republic of China will be celebrating their 70th Anniversary on October 1st, we have agreed, as a gesture of good will, to move the increased Tariffs on 250 Billion Dollars worth of goods (25% to 30%), from October 1st to October 15th,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday U.S. time.S&P 500 futures climbed 0.5% and the offshore yuan strengthened 0.3% against the dollar. The yen fell.Negotiators from the two countries are due to meet in Washington in the coming weeks to push forward talks to end the trade war that’s stretching into its second year, causing increasing economic damage. At the same time there’s little sign that substantive progress is being made on their differences, while Trump still has further tariff increases lined up.On Wednesday, China announced a range of U.S. goods to be exempted from 25% extra tariffs put in place last year, as the government seeks to ease the impact from the trade war. While that move may create some good will in Washington, China is keeping the pressure on U.S. agricultural exports like soybeans produced in key Trump-supporting states.Trump escalated the U.S.-China trade war in August when he announced an increase in the levy, already in effect, on $250 billion in Chinese goods to 30% from 25% starting Oct. 1. Further increases are planned for December.The delay “shows Trump doesn’t want to increase tariffs before the trade talks in early October and it creates good conditions,” said Tommy Xie, economist at Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. in Singapore. “It adds to the hope that there’ll be good news from the October meeting, and markets will wait and see.”(Adds economist quote in last paragraph.)\--With assistance from Adam Haigh.To contact the reporters on this story: John Harney in Washington at jharney2@bloomberg.net;Yinan Zhao in Beijing at yzhao300@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Shepard at mshepard7@bloomberg.net, Jeffrey Black, Chris BourkeFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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