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Xi strikes conciliatory tone on trade but offers few concessions

Xi strikes conciliatory tone on trade but offers few concessions Xi strikes conciliatory tone on trade but offers few concessions
Russell Knight | 14 April, 2018, 00:15

Xi offered more carrots than sticks, pledging to address concerns on Intellectual Property Rights - one of the Donald Trump administration's demands - and to reduce import tariffs in the automobiles sector. Xi recently succeeded in pushing through a constitutional reform allowing him to rule for as long as he wishes while facing no serious electoral challenge. Xi reinforced that previous year when he spoke at Davos for the first time in a rousing defense of free trade and climate change. "Heaven rewards the diligent", the Chinese president said, applauding his country's achievements. As Peter Navarro, director of the White House National Trade Council, explained, "What the United States is doing is strategically defending itself from China's economic aggression". A day before Xi's speech, Trump tweeted about the injustice of China's 25 percent tariffs on foreign cars.

"He has made a unilateral move without even going into negotiations" with the US, said Wang Huiyao, founder of the Center for China and Globalization, a public policy think tank in Beijing.

With his new actions on trade with China, President Trump has brought the era of bipartisan pusillanimity to an end.

On Tuesday he took a veiled swipe at Trump's "America First" polices. Interestingly, just a few hours before Xi's speech, Trump had tweeted, "When a auto is sent to the United States from China, there is a tariff to be paid of 2.5 per cent".

Some still viewed Xi's speech as a welcome de-escalation after last week's antics.

It's unclear whether Washington will tax Chinese firms alone or their wider supply networks.

"This makes it hard to ramp down in this one-on-one tariff death match", although both have the capacity via Twitter or state media to trumpet their success and ignore any failings once the dispute has concluded, Economy said. In recent days, Chinese officials have expressed increased frustration with the USA, with the foreign ministry on Monday calling talks "impossible" under current conditions. Opinions on who has the upper hand differ widely.

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Xi's comments also lifted the USA dollar against the Japanese yen. When a vehicle is sent to China from the United States, there is a tariff to be paid of 25 per cent.

It marks the United States' most confrontational stance toward China since its entry into the WTO and signals both nations need to come to new terms on trade. But some China watchers aren't so impressed.

Even the hint of more access energized American companies hungry for a bite of the world's biggest market.

"Any attempt to play the "Taiwan card" would only be futile", spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said at a bi-weekly news conference.

First, by stealing it: China's commercial espionage is estimated to cost US companies over $20 billion a year, with a cumulative total of $600 billion over 20 years. And he said that although the USA hoped to avoid taking action, Trump "was not bluffing". Mindful of voters, especially in the agricultural and industrial sectors, Xi appears set to use such leverage for maximum gain.

"It's not so much "risk on/risk off", as it is "trade war on/trade war off" and, at the moment, we're "trade-war off", London Capital Group's Jasper Lawler said.

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