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First Phase of U.S. & China Trade Deal Reached
USAgNet - 12/13/2019

The Trump Administration has reached a phase one trade deal with China in principle, pending approval from President Donald Trump, three sources close to talks told CNBC on Thursday.

Stock futures jumped on the news but the gains were capped as traders awaited confirmation of the deal from China.

Trump met with top advisors on Thursday about trade with China and whether to delay the next round of U.S. tariffs. Duties of 15%, set to take effect Sunday, would affect about $160 billion in Chinese-made goods including toys, computers, phones, and clothing.

The White House has offered to scrap those duties and slash some existing tariffs in half, two sources told CNBC. The U.S. proposed cutting existing duties on $360 billion in Chinese products by 50%.

Trump has focused on the U.S. agricultural products China will purchase as part of the deal. China had committed to buying about $40 billion in goods, while the president wanted the figure closer to $50 billion.

The world's two largest economies have moved to rein in a trade war that threatens to drag on global growth. It is unclear exactly how the agreement between Washington and Beijing differs from a partial deal the president announced in October.

Bloomberg first reported that the U.S. and China reached a deal in principle Thursday.

On Thursday morning, Trump signaled optimism about an agreement with China. He tweeted that the U.S. has moved close to a trade deal with Beijing after several false starts and near misses.

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