Trump threatens lasting China tariffs and new front against Europe

Marco Green
March 21, 2019

President Donald Trump says if the US gets a trade deal with China, tariffs could stay in place for some time to ensure Beijing "lives by the deal".

This time, Netanyahu will enjoy a two-day visit with the US President.

Mr Trump said that a trade deal with Beijing was "coming along nicely", but his comments dampened hopes a deal would be reached soon. "Leaders will change in both countries over time".

"They've had a lot of problem living by certain deals and we have to make sure they do", Trump said.

The president said the tariffs would remain in place until the USA was satisfied that China was living up to the commitments it may make in the trade talks.

But American officials have insisted that any agreement have teeth - including the ability to impose tariffs unilaterally should China begin backsliding on any commitments to end alleged unfair trade practices.

On Friday, China's rubber-stamp parliament approved a foreign investment law to strengthen protections for intellectual property - a central United States grievance - but critics said the bill was rammed through without sufficient time for input from businesses.

Team Trump announced Wednesday that embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would pay a short visit to the White House next week prior to elections in Israel early next month.

Asked about lifting tariffs on China, Trump said: "We're not talking about removing them".

Washington | Donald Trump has threatened Beijing with the spectre of persistent USA tariffs on Chinese imports and signalled his willingness to unleash a fresh trade conflict with Europe.

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