United States trade representative office to hear corporations' case against tariffs

2017 shows U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at their joint press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. ==Kyodo

President Donald Trump has threatened tariffs on imports of Chinese goods, and China has threatened to retaliate with duties on United States products, including food items such as pork, beef and soybeans.

Ikenson said the administration's focus on the $200 billion was "silly", adding that if the USA accepts China's offer to import more goods, Trump can "claim mission accomplished and turn the page".

"President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast".

President Trump has directed the Commerce Department to look into easing US economic sanctions against China's major telecommunication company linked to illicit trade with rogue states. China counterpunched with tariffs on a range of US products, including bourbon and blue jeans. "The more we can work things out, the better it's going to be not just for USA and China, but for the entire world economy", he said. A high-powered US delegation met for a second day of talks with Chinese officials on defusing tensions that are propelling the world's largest two economies toward a trade war.

U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, who was at the Beijing talks, said earlier on Tuesday the United States wants a timetable on how China will open up its markets to U.S. exports as the two countries are still not close to resolving trade frictions.

The comment took USA trade and security officials by surprise and prompted the president to say in a later tweet that ZTE buys a large amount of parts from US companies and the concession was part of "a larger trade deal with China and my personal relationship with President Xi".

The widening trade dispute between the world's two biggest economies has taken a toll on both sides. The block on ZTE was a heavy blow for the company but also hurt the USA companies it buys from. Last month, the U.S. Commerce Department banned it from buying U.S. technology or components for seven years after it misled regulators by failing to discipline employees involved in illegal exports and instead paid them bonuses.

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It relies on USA microchips and other components for 25-30% of the equipment it produces.

The U.S. flag is seen in the wine section of a supermarket in Beijing, China, April 5, 2018.

Ross went on to praise President Trump for fulfilling his campaign promises and making trade more fair with China.

Trump is seeking to cut the chronic USA trade deficit by $100 billion and gain concessions over the policies that foreign companies say force them to share technology in order to gain market access.

"You (Trump) should care more about our national security than Chinese jobs". "But be cool, it will all work out!"

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross last month accused ZTE of misleading the department and warned, "This egregious behavior can not be ignored".

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