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Economists at the Institute of International Finance last week calculated Chinese retaliatory tariffs alone were causing roughly $40 billion a year in lost US exports.

USA and Chinese officials "have conducted fruitful and intensive consultations and made important progress on many issues of common concern", Zhang Yesui, a spokesman for the National People's Congress, the annual session of China's legislature, told reporters in Beijing on Monday. It is uncertain if Trump will remove all tariffs or have some remain in effect, stated The New York Times.

Last week, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the provisions involving protecting intellectual property total almost 30 pages out of a working document of more than 100 pages.

"We find that the USA tariffs were nearly completely passed through into USA domestic prices, so that the entire incidence of the tariffs fell on domestic consumers and importers", they concluded. This is technically correct because tariff revenue does flow into the U.S. Treasury, but the billions generated by the trade war has not slowed the growth of the federal budget defict.

The U.S. could put more pressure on the Chinese to meet demands to stop stealing intellectual property and allow American companies to operate in China without making joint ventures, among other priorities, he said.

The two nations have imposed tit-for-tat tariffs on billions of dollars worth of each others' goods, roiling financial markets, disrupting manufacturing supply chains and shrinking USA farm exports.

Investors are watching this week's session of China's ceremonial national legislature for policy announcements on currency, trade, industrial development and possible economic stimulus.

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Trump has said that negotiators are very close to an an agreement with China and a deal could be wrapped up later this month.

The US wants to continue to wield the threat of tariffs as leverage to ensure China won't renege on the deal, and only lift the duties fully when Beijing implemented all parts of the agreement.

Beijing made clear in a series of recent negotiations with the US that removing the tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods from day one was necessary to finalize any deal, said the people, who weren't authorized to talk publicly about the deliberations.

Cramer said some fund managers have begun to short stocks with China exposure and bet long on names unaffected by the ongoing trade talks between the world's largest economies. Trump also delayed plans to impose more tariffs on China last week, scheduled as a motivator to conduct negotiations.

As a repercussion of an additional tariff to U.S. goods, shipments of United States farm products had been slashed substantially in the past seven months.

In a statement on Saturday, China said it welcomed the delay. A final deal is expected soon, with some pointing to the possibility of a Trump-Xi summit at Mar-a-Lago at the end of March.

"More than four months later, it appears that the Administration has taken no meaningful action. and we write today with a renewed sense of urgency on this serious matter", said the letter, also signed by Representative Brad Sherman, Democratic chairman of the subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific and Representative Chris Smith, Republican ranking member of the subcommittee on human rights.


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