To date, the U.S. merchandise trade deficit over the previous year has decreased by 16% from the previous year to $321 billion. The deficit will continue to shrink if Beijing meets its commitments to buy significantly more U.S. imports. The deal leaves tariffs on about $360 billion in Chinese imports, with the government`s leverage hoping to generate concessions in the future. Trump campaigned for the signing of trade as a way to provide economic justice to American workers, whom he claims have been betrayed by previous governments and their trade policies. Left: U.S. President Donald Trump holds Chinese Vice Premier Liu He after signing “phase one” of the U.S.-China trade agreement in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 15, 2020. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters The Chinese Treasury on Thursday released the full text of the first-phase economic and trade agreement between China and the United States: “We mark more than just an agreement. We are marking a change in international trade,” Trump said at a noise ceremony, referring to former FBI Director James Comey, impeachment proceedings and a possible july 4 visit to Mount Rushmore for a fireworks display. “We need to make sure that this is properly implemented,” Lighthizer said. “This is the first agreement of its kind, and we need to make sure it works.” The 86-sided agreement facilitates criminal prosecution in China against those accused of stealing trade secrets. It contains provisions to prevent Chinese government officials from applying administrative and regulatory procedures to remove the trade secrets of foreign companies and to allow such information to end up in the hands of Chinese competitors.

U.S. trade agents said the deal would end a long-standing practice of China pressuring foreign companies to transfer the technology to Chinese companies, a precondition for market access. Lighthizer said China had also agreed to fight patent theft and counterfeit products, including forfeiture of counterfeit manufacturing machinery. Here is the full text of the 96-page “Phase 1” trade agreement signed Wednesday at the White House by President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, as revealed by the U.S. Trade Representative`s office: “The Phase 1 agreement contains reasonable commitments but does not meet the government`s original objectives,” said Wendy Cutler, a former U.S. negotiator who is now vice president of the Asia Society Policy Institute. Other Chinese concessions would force Bejing to make major changes to its state-dominated business model, meaning that “the prospects for a timely conclusion are very remote,” she said. The agreement, published in both Chinese and English, consists of eight chapters that cover several topics in detail, including intellectual property, technology transfer, food and agricultural products, and financial services.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States and China reached a trade agreement Wednesday that eases tensions between the world`s two largest economies, offers massive export opportunities for U.S. farms and factories, and promises to do more to protect U.S. trade secrets. Derek Scissors, a China expert at the American Enterprise Institute, said the trade war had already given Trump an advantage, even though he didn`t force Beijing to change its economic policy: Trump`s tariffs reduced Chinese exports to the United States and reduced America`s trade deficit with China.

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