President Trump Hasn’t Yet Decided, But Officials Are Hinting at Extending Talks

The US and Chinese trade negotiators are laying the groundwork for a delay of a fresh spherical of tariffs set to kick in on Dec. 15, officers on either side stated, as they haggle over the way to get Beijing to decide to huge purchases of U.S. farm products on which President Trump is insisting for a near-term deal.

In current days, officers in Beijing and Washington have signaled that Sunday isn’t the final date for reaching a so-known as a phase-one deal—despite the fact that that’s the date Mr. Trump has set for tariffs to extend on $165 billion of Chinese items. That date may very well be extended, as had occurred a number of instances when the two sides thought they had been on the verge of a deal. These prior offers, although, by no means held, and tariffs continued to mount.

The talks are dragging on. Working-level negotiators talk on most days; however, as of Friday, lead negotiators on either side hadn’t spoken for ten days. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has been tied up making an attempt to get Mexico to comply with phrases on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

In China, after a number of months of official propaganda aimed toward Washington, the leadership below President Xi Jinping seems to be displaying concern about dropping control of the quick-deteriorating bilateral relationship. In a notable shift, a People’s Daily editorial on Monday referred to as for coolheadedness in dealing with the U.S. And a few Chinese officials are saying privately that trade, the problem over which bilateral relations first started to crumble, might now help to place a ground underneath worsening ties.