US, China Still 'Very Far Apart' on Trade - US Ambassador

Matthias Oesterle via ZUMA

Matthias Oesterle via ZUMA

She is the chair of the global trade and government regulations practice at the firm Dechert, LLP.

Ikenson said the administration's focus on the $200 billion was "silly", adding that if the USA accepts China's offer to import more goods, Trump can "claim mission accomplished and turn the page".

"While we understand the Administration's intent is to generate substantive bilateral dialogue, we are concerned that this approach will not effectively advance the goal of addressing distortive trade practices", she wrote.

The U.S. banned exports to ZTE in April for its violation of a U.S. Iranian trade embargo.

The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) also warned that the imposition of unilateral tariff remedies proposed by the administration is "premature" and would "do greater harm than good to US economic interests". Vice Premier Liu He is scheduled for talks in Washington aimed at heading off the ongoing dispute.

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Kudlow told Politico that the United States was not looking for a trade war with China and that it was not clear what action the United States would take toward ZTE.

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Meanwhile, the National Retail Federation expressed concern that the two countries' trade dispute would harm the USA economy.

"I think it could be adjusted", he said.

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"The United States and China are the two biggest economies in the world".

In the short term, USA farmers will be hurt the most by declining prices linked to China's tariffs on soybeans, Boughner Vorwerk said.

"ZTE, the large Chinese phone company, buys a big percentage of individual parts from US companies". They have been making hundreds of billions of dollars a year from the US, for many years.

Chinese officials raised their objections to ZTE's punishment at trade talk in Beijing earlier this month, and the American delegation agreed to report them to Trump.

The US Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) had imposed the ban on sales by American companies to ZTE for seven years.

"As a result of the Denial Order, the major operating activities of the Company have ceased", ZTE said.

ZTE employs about 80,000 people, mostly in China.

But Trump set a more reassuring tone in a separate tweet Sunday, saying the two economic giants were "working well together on trade, but past negotiations have been so one sided in favor of China, for so many years, that it is hard for them to make a deal that benefits both countries".

"The Company and related parties are actively communicating with the relevant United States government departments in order to facilitate the modification or reversal of the Denial Order by the USA government and forge a positive outcome in the development of the matters", said ZTE.

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