Mix-messages on next round of talks on US-China trade war

US reached out to China for new trade talks, sources say

But US firms are feeling whiplash from both sides as they sell and make goods in China, with Washington's border tax increase and Beijing's counter-punch hurting more than 60% of businesses, according to the poll.

"We are under no pressure to make a deal with China, they are under pressure to make a deal with us", Mr. Trump tweeted. "If we meet, we meet?"

Chinese funded publications and news agencies around the world continue to insist that the trade war's impact on the Chinese market is insignificant, but the numbers and the statements of China's leadership tell a different tale.

If the United States imposed new levies on Chinese imports then Beijing "will not hesitate to take countermeasures against US tariffs to safeguard China's interests", it added. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has extended an invitation to talks to his counterparts in Beijing.

But Kudlow was non-committal over the chances of a breakthrough, adding: "I guarantee nothing".

"As simple economics tells us, the Trump tariffs on washing machines aren't imposed on foreign appliance producers like Samsung and LG as much as they are imposed on Americans in the form of higher prices for consumers", Mr. Perry wrote in his economics blog Carpe Diem.

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Envoys from the two countries last met August 22 in Washington but reported no progress.

The Trump administration is poised to hit China, America's largest trading partner, with another $200 billion in tariffs.

U.S. President Donald Trump said last week that in addition to preparing tariffs on the further $200 billion worth of goods, he had tariffs on an additional $267 billion worth of goods ready "on short notice if I want".

The longer the trade war continues the less attractive China will become as a manufacturing base for worldwide companies, making other emerging markets like Indonesia and India preferable locations for manufacturing. We will soon be taking in Billions in Tariffs & making products at home.

Also Thursday, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said one in six of its members that responded to a survey are delaying investment or expansion.

On Thursday, the USA business lobbies AmCham China and AmCham Shanghai published a joint survey showing that the negative impact on US companies in China of tit-for-tat tariffs Washington and Beijing have imposed on one another was "clear and far reaching".

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Eric Zheng, chairman of AmCham Shanghai, said he supported the administration's goal to push Beijing into overhauling trade practices Trump considers unfair.

More than 60 percent of US companies polled said the USA tariffs were already affecting their business operations, while a similar percentage said Chinese duties on US goods were having an impact on business.

"Tariffs are already negatively impacting USA companies and the imposition of a proposed $200 billion tranche will bring a lot more pain", Eric Zheng, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, said Thursday in a statement.

AmCham's survey results come a day after more than 60 USA industry groups launched a coalition called Americans For Free Trade, which aims to halt the White House's proposed tariffs.

The Global Times, published by the ruling Communist Party's People's Daily, cautioned against seeing the invitation from Washington as a sign that the Trump administration had softened its stance.

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