Trump signals he may put an end to the trade war with China
President Donald Trump said on Monday he believed China wanted to make a trade deal after contacting US trade officials overnight to say it wanted to return to the negotiating table.
China’s lead negotiator in the US trade talks earlier on Monday said Beijing was willing to resolve its trade dispute with the United States through ‘calm negotiations’ and resolutely opposed the escalation of the conflict.
NEGOTIATIONS WOULD START VERY SOON
“China called last night our top trade people and said, ‘let’s get back to the table’, so we’ll be getting back to the table, and I think they want to do something,” Trump said on the sidelines of the G7 meeting. “They’ve been hurt very badly but they understand this is the right thing to do,” he said.
An increasingly bitter trade war between the world’s two largest economies sharply escalated on Friday, with both sides leveling more tariffs on each other’s exports.
Before Trump spoke, global stock markets reeled, while China’s yuan currency fell to a fresh 11-year low. Investors streamed into the safe harbors of sovereign bonds and gold. “I think we are going to have a deal,” he added. “They have supply chains that are unbelievably intricate and people are all leaving and they are going to other countries, including the United States by the way, we are going to get a lot of them too”.