Trump says `big progress being made' with China after Xi call


New data from the USA federal government show that losses from Trump's trade war with China have cost both sides billions of dollars in lost revenues every month since July. The surge in demand pushed Brazilian soy premiums to a record over US soy futures in Chicago, in an example of the trade war reducing sales for USA exporters and raising costs for Chinese importers. Trump added: "Deal is moving along very well".

Lardy believes that the way out is for each side to compromise, but he said it won't be easy, due to domestic reasons in both countries.

Former US president Jimmy Carter warned on Monday that both countries were increasingly describing each other as threats. "It's a lose-lose for both the United States and China".

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Energy companies fared the worst, plunging 20.5 per cent for the year, as the price of USA crude oil tumbled around 40 per cent from a four-year peak of $76 a barrel in October. Two-way investment was nearly zero when ties were established, but the total amounted to over $230 billion in 2017. And more than 300,000 Chinese students are studying in U.S. universities and colleges.

Trump reciprocated congratulating Xi saying it was his priority to build up good US-China relations.

Stephen Roach, an economist and senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, said that in a mutually dependent relationship such as that between the USA and China, both nations should work to address their own economic issues and imbalances to be better able to address issues hampering their ties.

In his tweet, Trump said, "Just had a long and very good call with President Xi of China". The president also claimed that "big progress" was being made on this front.

Relations between China and Taiwan have spent two years in the doldrums since the election of Tsai, who has refused to acknowledge Beijing's stance that the island is part of "one China".

In the message cited by the Xinhua news agency, the Chinese president said next year would mark the 70th anniversary since the two nations established diplomatic relations.

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Li believes that calling the relationship at a "crossroads" has diminished a sense of urgency and crisis for the issue, which he said Chinese leaders are more aware of than USA leaders.

It said it would be willing to work with the United States to "implement the important consensus" reached at December's G20.

Washington and Beijing have to be partners, Milligan-Whyte said.

Many Chinese officials and pundits believe that the USA has misread China's intentions.

Through the years, the Chinese people have been self-reliant and worked diligently to create miracles that the world has marveled at, Xi said. "If this were true, there would be no incentive to cooperate anymore", he said.

This has brought huge benefits to the two peoples and has contributed greatly to world peace, stability and prosperity, Xi added.

China announced a series of measures for further opening its economy as the country marked the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up in 2018. It includes clauses to ban forced technology transfer.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang further stated China "stands ready to work with the U.S." on an agreement, expand co-operation in a mutually beneficial way and "manage differences on the basis of mutual respect".

Teams from the two governments are reportedly working closely in order to reach a deal as soon as possible.