Trump to meet Chinese top negotiator Liu on Friday

The US president Donald Trump will meet the top trade negotiator from China  in Washington on Friday.  According to his Twitter, he will meet Mr Liu He in the White House.

According to Bloomberg, last week the US Administration approved licenses for some American companies to sell tech goods to Huawei Technologies. And China agreed to buy more US agricultural products.

The latest US China trade news have lifted the stock markets and Dow Jones index is now trading up 0,62 %, S&P 500 -index up 0,60% and Nasdaq index up 0,64%. In London, the stocks were also up 0,38 %.

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Fed to add liquidity in the markets – FT

The US Federal Reserve has today added 75 billion dollars into the financial system after the sharp rise in the short term repo-rates, Financial Times reports today.

The Fed started its open-market committee (FOMC) meeting today and the press conference is expected to be tomorrow after the two-day meetings.

The Central bank is expected to cut rates again, although the decision to cut rates in July was made by 8-2 votes. During the summer and autumn time the US China trade tensions have continued and for example the German negative gdp during the second quarter this year showed slowing economic growth. The US inflation was 1,6 % in July, below the Fed target 2 %.

 

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Trump to delay China tariffs by two weeks

The US President Donald Trump has said the US will delay some Chinese tariffs related to 250 billion dollars in the beginning of October 1st.

– 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, he tweeted.

The US and China have also earlier agreed that they will start the trade negotiations again in October.

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US-China trade talks continue – Asia shares up

The US and China governments have confirmed that the countries will continue the trade talks again in October. The parties will seek to form a favourable dialogue in order to proceed with the trade negotiations.

According to Wall Street Journal, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke by phone on Thursday morning Bejing time. Both countries are in the process of raising tariffs if there is no new agreement.

The news was well received by the financial markets and the Asian shares were trading up on Thursday. Nikkei-index was up 2,42 % to 21 148 points, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong up 0,24 % to 26 586 points and the CSI in Shanghai +1,17% to 3952 points.

The dollar was trading up 0,18% to 106,57 yens. The UK sterling was trading down 0,09% to 1,22 dollars after the Brexit votes on Wednesday in London. The UK Parliament decided to block the no-deal Brexit and to prevent the snap elections as well. The voting means that the UK can extend the trade talks with the EU at the end of January 2020.

 

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China to make a complaint over US tariffs to WTO – stocks down

The US stocks were declining on Tuesday trading, when the Chinese government said it has made a complaint to the World Trade Organisation over US tariffs.

The S&P 500 dropped 0.5% shortly, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost nearly 1 % to 26146 points and he Nasdaq Composite fell 0.38% 7932 points.

Also the European indexes closed down: Dax-index -0,14 % to 11936 points, FTSE 100 -index -0,26 % to 7262 points and CAC 40 -index -0,33 % to 5479 points.

The U.S. imposed new tariffs on Chinese goods including clothing, tools and electronics on last Sunday as Chinese tariffs also took effect.

“We expect there will be continued volatility in the market over the next 30 to 60 days, said one market analyst according to Wall Street Journal.

 

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G7 Leaders underline the unity and positive spirit

The G7 Biarritz  statement underlines the unity and positive spirit of the ongoing debates. According to the final statement, the G7 is committed to open and fair world trade and to the stability of the global economy.

– The G7 wishes to overhaul the WTO to improve effectiveness with regard to intellectual property protection, to settle disputes more swiftly and to eliminate unfair trade practices, the statement said.

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The event was also about gender and environmental issues. They launched the Biarritz Partnership Gender Equality initiative for governments to join.

The leaders urged also  Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and other Development Finance Institutions (DFIs)

  • to build on existing efforts to promote transparency and accountability mechanisms
  • to support projects that respect international law and prevailing standards, including the rule of law, human and labour rights, gender equality, and environmental standards
  • and to avoid unjustified disparities in the treatment of companies in calls for tenders.

Regarding the climate change issues, the US President Donald Trump kept his earlier message same and underlined the importance of LNG energy as one of the major energy sources in the world.

-I’m not going to lose that wealth (LNG). I’m not going to lose it on dreams, on windmills, which frankly aren’t working too well,  he said in the media meeting.

The tone of voice related to trade deals and US -China trade was somewhat positive and according to Mr Trump he said that he has great respect on the Chinese President Xi.

According to Bloomberg, some analysts thought that the UK PM Boris Johnson had a good meeting with the other G7 leaders and this was a positive sign for the Brexit due to October 31st.

The financial markets turned to green and the New York closed clearly up. Dow Jones index closed up 1,07 %, S&P 500- index  1,11 % and technology Nasdaq- index 1,32 %.

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US to delay some tariffs with China – stocks up

The US Trade Administration has delayed some tariffs with China. Tariffs, which were about to come into force in September, are now delayed until mid December. The goods, valued at 300 billion dollars, are related to some electronics, toys and clothings.

The US financial markets jumped after the news and Dow Jones -index is trading up 1,6 % and Nasdaq nearly 1,9 % up. The larger S&P 500- index is also trading up, 1,5 % and the Brent oil future is having over 5 % increase. Euro is trading at 1,12 dollars.

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