Trump's Hanoi walk-out leaves negotiations with China in doubt

On Wednesday, the U.S. reported its goods trade deficit with China surged to an all-time high a year ago, underlining one of the key sticking points.

Still, Mr Evans-Pritchard said "broader weakness in global demand means that, even if Trump and Xi finalise a trade deal soon, the outlook for exports remains gloomy".

The governments of the world's two largest economies have been locked in a tariff battle for months as Washington presses Beijing to address long-standing concerns over Chinese practices and policies around technology transfers, market access and intellectual property rights.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with reporters outside the White House, in Washington, D.C., on March 8, 2019. "China must not be allowed to pursue policies that run directly counter to America's national interest and their worldwide commitments without facing due consequences", Rubio said. Top trade officials from America and China are holding talks to negotiate a comprehensive trade deal.

He added that state enterprises were "very concerned" with trade negotiations and hoping for a positive outcome leading to a "good environment for business development".

A more accommodative stance from central banks, an easing of trade tensions and China's measures to underpin growth may also help spur a better outlook later, said Patrick Bennett, head of macro strategy for Asia at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Hong Kong.

This is the weakest start to the year for Chinese trade since 2016, according to Capital Economics.

"Vice Premier Liu ate a beef burger, and Lighthizer ate eggplant and chicken (with rice)", Wang said.

"But if we don't make a very good deal for our country, I wouldn't make a deal", he said.

"Throughout the negotiations, there was coffee and tea, but the two of them did not drink any coffee, did not drink any tea. This is to find common ground".

"We're talking to them (Chinese officials) every day, but no one's got any trip plans", Willems told reporters on the sidelines of a Georgetown Law School trade event in Washington.

"To decouple from China is to decouple from opportunities, decouple from the future, and in a sense, to decouple from the world", Wang said at a news conference in Beijing.

The subsidies were denied by China's state-assets watchdog, which manages the country's 102 state-owned giants.

Trump has promised a month-end summit with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, held in the luxurious confines of his Mar-a-Lago club in south Florida, to finalize a deal that would ease tariffs and boost Chinese purchases of USA goods.

  • Anthony Vega