China Told Trump He Can’t Even Have “Phase One” Deal Without Tariffs Removal

In case you were wondering why Trump changed the record again

Trump is currently telling anyone who will listen that he doesn’t mind not getting even the preliminary nothing burger “phase one” trade deal with China done in this term. The intention is to make it sound it was his idea to hold off on the “phase one” deal that was his brainchild:

“In some ways, I like the idea of waiting until after the election for the China deal, but they want to make a deal now and we will see whether or not the deal is going to be right,” Trump told reporters earlier on Tuesday.

When asked if he had a deal deadline, he added: “I have no deadline, no … In some ways, I think it is better to wait until after the election if you want to know the truth.”

However, just before Trump changed his record once again information surfaced that China had been driving an extraordinarily hard bargain with Trump. Even just for a “phase one” nothing deal Trump would have had to climb down on his tariffs:

Beijing’s priority in any phase one trade deal with the United States is the removal of existing tariffs on Chinese goods, China’s Global Times newspaper said on Sunday, amid continued uncertainty on whether the two sides can strike a deal.

“Sources with direct knowledge of the trade talks told the Global Times on Saturday that the U.S. must remove existing tariffs, not planned tariffs, as part of the deal,” said the report.

Global Times, published by the official People’s Daily newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party, also cited another unidentified source close to the talks as saying U.S. officials had been resisting such a demand because the tariffs were their only weapon in the trade war and giving up that weapon meant “surrender.”

In other words, it is really the Chinese who have a very, very low interest in an imminent “phase one” deal.

  1. Jorge Trevino says

    I’ve been wondering what will happen (and it will happen sooner or later if Trump gets reelected) when American “allies”, adversaries and enemies, will strike back and all in conjunction start sanctioning the sanctioner? That will cause hiccups and diarrhea from LA to Washington and Miami to Seattle.

    And who will lead that charge? You are correct, Putin and Jinping

  2. Nomadic Thoughts says

    Oh delusional Yankees and they trade wars…

  3. Grand Nagus Zek says

    think China is done with the US and negotiations. Their way or the highway – fuck the yanks.


    1. James Willy says

      Let’s see if the China sticks to it this time. Already they went back on their word saying originally they will no longer buy any agriculture items from gringos. A few weeks later and they are now buying farm items again. Billions worth. So this Xi guy his word is about good as trumps. Worthless. The Chinks will just calf again. For some strange reason they refuse to collapse the dollar. So we just have to keep reading garbage like this over and over. Nothing will ever happen. China will just keep taking the punishments. Stupid Fukurz.

      1. Séamus Ó Néill says

        Perhaps your comment would have more merit if it wasn’t peppered with racist derogatory undertones. China didn’t start this trade war and because the US is incapable of diplomacy or rational thought, China is running rings around Trump. It will collapse the dollar when, and only if, it’s beneficial to them. Crashing the dollar at this particular time would cause a worldwide recession ….and nobody wants that !

      2. JustPassingThrough says

        i’d like to see the source of your information?????
        i can’t seem to find anything on the net?????

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