The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a new North American trade agreement Thursday that rewrites the rules of trade with Canada and Mexico and gives President Donald Trump a major policy victory.
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President Donald Trump signed a trade agreement Wednesday with China that is expected to boost exports from U.S. farmers and manufacturers, protect American trade secrets and lower tensions in a long-running dispute between the world’s two biggest economies.
President Donald Trump and China’s chief negotiator, Liu He, are scheduled to sign a modest trade agreement on Wednesday in which the administration will ease some sanctions on China and Beijing will step up its purchases of U.S. farm products and other goods.
The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday that the resumption of the talks was set to be announced on Wednesday when the Trump administration signs a Phase One trade agreement with China in Washington, D.C.
In the first-step agreement, the U.S. dropped its plan to impose new tariffs on $160 billion of Chinese imports and agreed to trim existing import taxes on about $112 billion in Chinese goods. In return, the U.S. said China agreed to buy $40 billion a year in farm products over two years.
America’s trade representative says China has agreed to buy $40 billion per year in agricultural products. The president says it’s more than $50 billion. But the text of the deal hasn’t been made available, and China isn’t talking.
The latest step is intended to “promote the coordinated development of trade and environment,” the official Xinhua News Agency in China said.
Mexico’s trade negotiator for North America said Sunday that Mexico categorically opposes allowing foreign labor inspectors to operate in the country.
President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. and China have reached a Phase 1 trade deal, de-escalating a 17-month dispute between the economic powers.
Companies, workers and lawmakers in three countries have spent the past year in limbo awaiting final touches on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free-trade agreement. Now they have a better sense of who won—and who lost.
The Trump administration and China are close to finalizing an agreement that would suspend tariffs that are set to kick in Sunday, de-escalating their 17-month trade war.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced agreement on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill victory on the very same day that Democrats announced their impeachment charges against him.
The new, long-sought trade agreement with Mexico and Canada would give both Trump and his top adversary, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a major accomplishment despite the turmoil of his likely impeachment.
When the trade deal was reached in September, Trump said it would mean opening Japan’s market to about $7 billion in U.S. farm goods, with tariffs lowered or scrapped on American beef, pork, wheat, cheese, corn and wine.
President Trump said he has “no deadline” for a deal and didn’t mind waiting until after the election next year to make one. Investors had been hoping for a deal this year, or at least enough progress to stave off new U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods scheduled to start Dec. 15.
The president on Monday accused the countries of hurting American farmers through currency manipulation and said he’d restore metal tariffs to retaliate.
Top Chinese and U.S. trade negotiators agreed to continue to work toward a preliminary agreement for resolving their tariff war, the Chinese Commerce Ministry said Tuesday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that Democratic lawmakers are “within range of a substantially improved” trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, but that they need to see progress made in negotiations put into writing by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for “final review.”
Echoing the upbeat tone adopted by other Chinese officials in recent days, Chinese President Xi Jinping told a visiting U.S. business delegation that China holds a “positive attitude” toward the trade talks.