Close to an agreement, the sino-american?

Près d’un accord sino-américain?

Photo: Carolyn Kaster Associated Press
“We are very, very close to an agreement,” said from the White House Donald Trump.

The us president, Donald Trump, said on Monday he would meet soon with the president of china, Xi Jinping, “to sign” an agreement and put an end to the trade dispute between the two countries.

“We are going to have a summit to sign […]. We hope to get there. We are very, very close to an agreement, ” said from the White House, Mr. Trump, who had referred to the month of march last week for this meeting.

Sunday, after six days of talks between the two largest economies in the world, the president of the United States, saying that “significant progress” had been made in the talks, was postponed sine die the march 1 deadline to which Washington had to raise tariffs on chinese imports.

Making ” significant “progress

On Twitter, Sunday, it was announced that the United States had made ” significant progress on important structural problems such as the protection of intellectual property, technology transfer, agriculture, services, foreign exchange and many other topics “.

“As a result […], I reporterai the increase in tariffs scheduled for 1 march,” he continued, without specifying if any other date had been established for the possible entry into force of the new surcharges.

Mr Trump has promised in a speech on Sunday that, ” if everything was going well “, it could announce ” very big news in the week that opens, or the next “.

“It will be by far the largest trade agreement ever concluded “, he further assured.

At one minute past midnight on 2 march, the United States were to impose duties of 25 % on $ 200 billion of annual imports of chinese products, already taxed at 10 %.

The two camps, however, have not given many details on this agreement. The United States, complaining about a trade deficit abyssal with China, wanted Beijing buys more american goods, but it is especially on the structural reforms that the negotiations are unsuccessful.


The business practices of the chinese are placed on the index, including the fact that american companies are obliged to deliver their trade secrets for doing business in China.

The hacking and the non-respect of intellectual property rights are also priorities, but the general opinion of the analysts surveyed, the most difficult part lies in the application and the verification of the measures that will be promised and to be adopted by Beijing.


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