The US and China clash over key trade issues as Trump threatens more tariffs

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  • President Donald Trump displayed pomp and conviction as he rolled out the first stage of an interim trade agreement with China in October.
  • But the terms of that agreement have appeared increasingly uncertain.
  • China has resisted key US demands including agricultural quotas and efforts to scale back the forced transfer of technology.
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President Donald Trump displayed pomp and conviction as he rolled out the first stage of an interim trade agreement with China in October. But the terms of that agreement have appeared increasingly uncertain.

Negotiators have hit several major roadblocks since the announcement of a formal agreement, which Trump said included in early 2018. The Chinese Commerce Ministry said Thursday it still expected the US to lift punitive tariffs on its imports, which Trump has sharply rejected.

"China has emphasized many times that the war began with the additional tariffs," said spokesman Gao Feng said in a press briefing, adding that the degree of duty should reflect the "importance" of deal.

Trump has not only pushed back against such a stipulation, but also warned this week that further tariff increases could be ahead. White house trade hawks view those tariffs as a source of leverage, as they attempt to pressure

But China has resisted key according to The Wall Street Journal. Negotiators have clashed over the best way to an agreement, have contributed to a breakdown of nearly a dozen rounds of trade talks in May.

China has also said whether it would buy up to $ 50 billion of the American agricultural products, which is the trump administration administered as part of the agreement. The country could be reluctant to take off in large influx, which would be more than double the amount it imported in 2017.

The White House, the Office of the US Trade Representative and the Chinese Embassy in Washington did not respond to emails requesting comment.

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