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Failure would raise the spectre of fresh U.S. tariff action and potential Chinese retaliation as early as March. Senior administration officials also had trouble articulating any specifics about the deal in press briefings. The US said that China will purchase a "very substantial" amount of US products to ease the trade imbalance, and would clamp down on the export of deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl to the US.

President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that his 90-day deadline for completing trade talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping could be extended - while also threatening to ratchet up tariffs if he isn't happy. "But if not remember, I am a Tariff man. It will always be the best way to max out our economic power", he said. Many Democrats and Republicans, as well as global leaders, have agreed with Trump's assessment, and he has taken an adversarial approach with Beijing, saying he believes this is the only way to force changes. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 730 points, or 2.8%, on Tuesday morning. The S&P 500 declined 3%, while the Nasdaq tumbled almost 3.5%. The JSE was closed before the latest jitters, with the all-share index ending the day 0.3% higher.

In dealing with China so far, Trump has lived up to his self-ascribed reputation as a "tariff man". In a 1990 interview with Playboy, the then real-estate investor said imposing tariffs on Japanese cars would be the first order of business if he ever won the presidency. After the dinner, Trump said they reached the framework of a deal that would come together in 90 days.

"Instead, the clock is now ticking on the 90-day truce".

Trump has argued that China for decades has abused global trade rules to lure away United States jobs, steal USA intellectual property, subsidise its own companies, and strong-arm U.S. firms.

"China is supposed to start buying Agricultural product and more immediately", Trump wrote. The Chinese have not acknowledged a 90-day deadline for the talks or said that they plan to "immediately" increase purchases of United States farm goods.

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The president also mentioned that he would hold off for a bit at the request of Congress due to President George H.W. Ms Pelosi described the deal on Friday as a "work in progress" her members could not yet support.

The uncertainty underscored the risk entailed by Trump's eagerness to strike deals without nailing down details in advance.

Trump and Xi on Saturday agreed to the cease-fire in a trade war that has seen the flow of hundreds of billions of dollars worth of goods between the world's two largest economies disrupted by tariffs. Trump also threatened to impose tariffs on the remaining $267 billion worth of Chinese goods not now subject to tariffs.

John Williams, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of NY, also unnerved investors by telling reporters Tuesday that he supports further Fed rate hikes.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged on Tuesday amid fears of an economic downturn, led by disappointing bank earnings and unresolved trade issues between the US and China.

Instead, the two sides are to negotiate over US complaints about China's trade practices, notably that it has used predatory tactics to try to achieve supremacy in technology. Trump said on Tuesday that Lighthizer would work closely with Mnuchin, Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro. Per the president's post, a delegation of U.S. officials will hold negotiations with the Chinese side.

On Monday, Kudlow said there was an "assumption" that China would eliminate auto tariffs, not a specific agreement. Let the negotiations begin.


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