China prepares to resume LNG and soybean imports from the US

Dubbing himself "Tariff Man", President Trump on Tuesday suggested the 90-day trade truce he and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to at the G20 could be extended while a broader deal was negotiated.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump on December 5 wrote on Twitter that China was sending "strong signals", and expressed optimism that the regime would fulfill its side of the bargain. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican and opponent of Trump's tariff policy, criticized the president's tweets on that basis.

"Not to sound naive or anything, but I believe President Xi meant every word of what he said at our long and hopefully historic meeting", Trump tweeted".

USA financial markets were closed Wednesday for the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush. There has also been confusion just on the United States side, with the White House, Mr Trump and his advisers making conflicting statements as to the details of a deal.

"President Xi and I want this deal to happen, and it probably will", Trump wrote on Twitter. "But if not remember".

"We don't yet have a specific agreement on that, but I will just tell you as an involved participant, we expect those tariffs to go to zero", Kudlow told Politicoreporter Megan Cassella about Trump's auto tariff claim.

"China will start from implementing specific issues on which consensus has been reached, and the sooner, the better", Beijing's ministry of commerce said on its website.

Trump added that a 90-day timetable for negotiators to reach a deeper agreement had begun and that his aides would see "whether or not a REAL deal with China is actually possible". He added that the German automakers "wouldn't be coming to the table here to talk to us unless the president had auto tariffs on the table".

China expressed confidence on Wednesday that it can reach a trade deal with the USA, a sentiment echoed by Mr Trump a day after he warned of more tariffs if the two sides could not resolve their differences.

A Chinese official told Reuters officials were "waiting for the leaders to return" before publicising details.

Perhaps mindful and anxious about the effects of a market lull on the USA economy - which will impact his expected re-election bid - Trump sounded more optimistic on Wednesday morning.

As part of the talks on Saturday night, Trump agreed not to increase existing tariffs on Chinese goods or impose any new ones for 90 days, while talks took place. A new US law, signed by Trump in August, FIRRMA, mandates that the United States conduct a "more robust worldwide outreach effort" to persuade allies to adopt stronger protections against Chinese attempts to buy or steal Western technology.

Trump has threatened to impose tariffs worth a further $US200 billion on Chinese imports unless China makes it easier for United States companies to do business there.

During the talks in Buenos Aires, Trump agreed to delay a scheduled escalation in U.S. tariffs on many Chinese goods, from 10 percent to 25 percent, that had been set to take effect January 1.

All three companies present - BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen - already produce cars in the United States. This is significant because China has never paid much attention to controlling the export of anything other than weapons and has even denied its obvious role in the US opioid crisis.

China, in turn, agreed to purchase a "substantial amount" of U.S. agricultural, energy and industrial products, among others, to reduce the trade imbalance between the two countries, according to the White House.

And China doesn't pay the tariffs - large importers like automakers or big box retailers do, either taking a loss or passing them on to consumers in the form of higher prices.

  • Anthony Vega