CNN:中美间的分歧不是贸易协定能解决的 [美国媒体]


After months of posturing and rising tensions, US and Chinese trade negotiators are finally at the table attempting to deescalate the trade war.


President Donald Trump's overwhelming concern is with the bilateral trade deficit, which has led China to offer significant purchases of US liquid natural gas and agricultural products. Some in the administration have far greater ambitions for these negotiations, including increased market access, better intellectual property protections for foreign firms operating in China, and reductions in state subsidies for Chinese firms.


To be sure, the likely best-case scenario, a comprehensive framework agreement, would go a significant way toward reducing bilateral tensions between the two countries. It would have an immediate benefit for American farmers, whose crops have been left unpurchased by traditional Chinese buyers. It would also improve the political environment for US firms operating in China.


But even the most optimistic scenario for trade negotiations will not be able to address deeper issues that threaten to challenge bilateral relations for years to come.


China, for its part, is not sitting still either. Despite the attention on industrial policy as a key irritant in US-China relations, Beijing continues to deploy its resources through "Made in China 2025" to subsidize the development of advanced semiconductors, aerospace technologies and other advanced industries, chipping away at American and European dominance. It has undertaken a concerted policy of important substitution, developing domestic companies that manufacture key industrial inputs, such as semiconductors as advanced machinery to reduce reliance on foreign firms. And it has reacted aggressively to the arrest of Huawei's CFO, detaining two Canadian citizens, including a former high-ranking diplomat, on weak legal grounds.
A deal seems to be in the works. But relations between the two countries will have to find a new equilibrium on shakier foundations.


Greg Howe
Trump said today " The Talks are going Great ". why would he lie.


Lerato Montsho
At least US got a bargaining chip in a form of huawei CFO


Søren Bøgestrand
Trump is desperately trying to help US soy bean farmers which were victimized by his trade war. China is using this in the negotiations, fully aware that short term purchases are not obligating them to anything in the future.