American president Donald Trump expects the ongoing trade war with China to be “fairly short” and said that he will communicate with Chinese president Xi Jinping very soon. While leaving for New Hampshire for a rally on Thursday, Trump used a conciliatory tone and added that ““I will speak to him. We have a call scheduled soon”.
Yang Jiechi, one of the top diplomats of China, visited the United States last Tuesday and met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The discussions focussed on the relationship between the two countries and Trump said that it went well. “Nobody knew what was [discussed in] that talk except for myself, China and those two people. That was a very good conversation,” he mentioned.
China had earlier vowed to retaliate if the US imposes additional tariffs on its products from 1st September. Last Tuesday, White House decided to defer the imposition of levies on a wide range of Chinese products, including laptops, phones and other consumer goods, till mid-December. The step was taken to prevent the rise of prices during the Christmas shopping season.
In his comments, Trump said that “I think we’re having very good discussions with China. They very much want to make a deal,” He added, “I have a feeling it’s going to go fairly short.” According to the US president, ““the longer the trade war goes on, the weaker China gets and the stronger we get”.
A recent commentary published in People’s Daily, the Communist Party mouthpiece, accused the US of breaking its word and urged it to resolve the issue through dialogues. It also mentioned that “China will do what it says in countering any provocation and has enough capability to fight until the end.”
With China imposing high tariffs on American agricultural products, Trump had to offer $14.5 billion in subsidies to the farmers to make up for their loss of income. On the other hand various tech companies are reportedly planning to shift their manufacturing units out of China to reduce the impact of US tariffs.
Trump’s latest comments contradict his earlier approach of a prolonged economic stand-off with Beijing. Many analysts also expected China to hold out till the 2020 presidential elections, before accepting a deal. The situation was further complicated with Trump linking the trade war with the ongoing unrest in Hong Kong, through his tweets last Wednesday.