Trump Warns China To "Act Now" On Deal Or Face "Far Worse" Terms

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by Tyler Durden
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 9:57

President Trump used a late-night infomercial trick on China, warning in a pair of Saturday tweets that it would be "wise for them to act now" on a trade deal, as it "will become far worse for them if it has to be negotiated in my second term." 

Trump's tweets come after a Friday tariff hike from 10% to 25% on $200 billion of Chinese imports, along with the unexpected announcement that he would begin the process of raising tariffs on all remaining imports - around $300 billion worth of goods.

On Wednesday, Trump fired off a pair of similar 'act now' tweets - suggesting that Beijing was backing off on trade negotiations because of their "sincere HOPE that they will be able to "negotiate" with Joe Biden or one of the very weak Democrats." 

"Guess what, that's not going to happen!" continued Trump. 

Trump did not rule out reversing the heavy tariffs if there is progress in future trade talks. 

Beijing, meanwhile, said it remains "cautiously optimistic" about negotiations with the US, with Vice Premier Liu He on Friday saying "I don't think our consultations have derailed," adding "On the contrary, I think it’s quite normal, it’s inevitable to have minor twists and turns in negotiations between two countries."

In response to the latest round of tariffs, China said it would respond with "necessary countermeasures." 

Hu Xijin, EIC of the Global Times welcomes Trump's threats, tweeting "The sooner new tariffs on $300 b of Chinese goods come, the better," as it means that the trade war will reach "the 1st turning point, shifting from a comprehensive US offensive to a stalemate." After that, the two sides will compete "on endurance," which CHina's political system will ensure "we won't lose."