Asian, European Stocks Rebound Ahead of US-China Trade Talks

U.S. trade envoy Robert Lighthizer is reportedly worried Trump will cave on China, so he carries a chart

The two sides are scheduled to hold vice ministerial trade talks in Beijing on Monday and Tuesday.

The U.S. accuses China of deploying predatory tactics in a drive to surpass America's technological supremacy.

Americans have felt relatively more pain from President Donald Trump's trade war than Chinese consumers and businesses, according to analysts at HSBC. "Can they compromise? We'll see". -China trade war, investors in the USA markets are worrying about rising interest rates and a wobbly US real estate market. In October the International Monetary Fund cut its 2019 global growth forecast to 3.7 percent, citing the trade war, and in December Citi trimmed its prediction to 3.1 percent.

"That puts a lot of pressure on China to make a deal", he said.

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Now China and the United States face a key March deadline for talks to end the damaging trade war, or Washington could proceed with a sharp hike in U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods originally set for January 1 and Beijing could retaliate.

Despite its softening economy, China will likely find it hard to comply with USA demands to slow its economic ambitions. It said the American delegation will be led by the deputy US trade representative, Jeffrey Gerrish, but offered no other details. As of July, the US was running a $222.6 billion trade deficit with China.

But aside from products facing earlier tariffs - including washing machines, solar panels and metals - Chinese exports to the USA have held up better than expected. For 2018, the Dow Jones Industrial Average - America's highest-profile stock market benchmark - fell almost 6 per cent, its worst performance since 2008.

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China's economy has been decelerating since the government pulled back on bank lending a year ago to try to curb a run-up in debt.

Other drivers of USA growth, including government and business spending and net exports, are all sagging or expected to do so in coming months.

The U.S. Federal Reserve's interest rate increases have caused investors to move in and out of various markets, hitting some emerging markets hard.

U.S. factory activity slowed more than expected in December, according to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), while Chinese data on Monday showed its manufacturing activity contracted for the first time in more than two years.

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Both governments face economic pressure to reach a settlement. But economists say that is too little time to resolve the sprawling disputes that bedevil U.S. "However, these reasons can only take you so far..."

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