London share prices PLUMMET amid US-China trade war fears — FTSE latest

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Mnuchin said for the first time there was "a clear path" to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with China to zero.

All three sets of tariffs have been imposed pursuant to the U.S. Administration's determination in March under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 ("Section 301") that China's technology transfer and intellectual property ("IP") policies are harming U.S. companies. "So this time around, as I said, I'm hopeful, we're covering more ground than ever ..."

'The actual amount of concrete progress made at this meeting appears to have been quite limited, ' Alec Phillips and other economists at Goldman Sachs wrote in a research note. If the two had failed to reach an agreement, the US would've seen $200 billion worth of Chinese goods have their tariffs increase from 10% to 25% at the beginning of 2019.

But the mood has quickly soured on scepticism that the two sides will be able to reach a substantive deal on a host of highly divisive issues within the 90-day negotiating period that was agreed.

The Ministry of Commerce statement described the meeting with the U.S. as "very successful" and said China is "confident" of implementing the results agreed upon at the talks, but didn't provide any further details on the outcome.

Trump's complaints strike at the heart of the ruling Communist Party's state-led economic model and plans to restore China to its rightful place as a political and culture leader by creating global champions in robotics and other fields. He says tariffs "will always be the best way to max out our economic power". "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".

"How can you buy US products if China does not reduce the tariffs?"

"The United States has put forward many demands, not all of them reasonable", he said. 'Financial markets are increasingly showing signs of fear of a recession'.

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Even on routine matters, with no voters to placate and total control of Chinese media, they can frustrate other governments by leaving them waiting weeks or months for a response. The Dow Jones industrial average surged 320 points in later afternoon trading.

Chinese officials have said they are "confident in implementing" trade commitments made to the United States "as soon as possible", without giving details.

In the meantime, the outlines of the agreement remain hazy and in some cases confusing.

And Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday on the Fox Business Network that China agreed to buy $1.2 trillion of USA products, but added, "if that's real" it would close the trade deficit with China and said "we have to have a negotiated agreement and have this on paper".

Yet Kudlow said later that there was no "specific agreement" regarding auto trade, though he added, "We expect those tariffs to go to zero". Almost all the cars they sell in China are made there. There was no Chinese confirmation of the move, which would have little impact on trade because most American vehicles sold in China are made there.

It explained that China and the USA had agreed to work together on issues including widening market access, protecting intellectual property rights, avoiding forced technology transfers and jointly fighting against cyber theft.

Administration officials expressed a mixture of skepticism and optimism on Monday over whether China would deliver.

"I would think of that as a broad goal", he said.

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While Trump hailed the agreement with Xi "an incredible deal", a lack of detail from the Chinese side has left investors and analysts wondering if Trump's exuberance is warranted. It has made no mention of any changes to its auto tariffs.

Those are "central to Xi's core agenda of making China an innovation superpower" and linked to "geopolitical competition" with Washington, said Michael Hirson, Jeffrey Wright and Paul Triolo of Eurasia Group in a report. Or it might illustrate China's weak commitment to the deal. That left some USA farmers cautiously hopeful Monday. This is good news for farmers who admit that they were seriously affected by the trade war.

Meanwhile, the news of the truce was welcomed by automotive industry leaders.

The Auto Care Association also was encouraged by the news.

The White House statement listed what it claimed China had promised to do.

Between the United States and China there is a commercial truce.

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He had earlier also indicated that the deadline for an agreement could be extended.

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The two leaders agreed to hold off on imposing more tariffs for 90 days starting December 1 while they negotiate a deal to end the dispute following months of escalating tensions.

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