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Donald Trump threatened to slap a range of import penalties on Chinese products if they didn't make major changes in their economic relationship with the US

Trump, in a post on Twitter, linked Beijing's silence to officials' travels and said he thought Xi had been honest during their weekend meeting to hammer out progress over trade.

Lighthizer was a key player in the trade deal agreed to by the U.S., Canada and Mexico. "Unless extended, they will end 90 days from the date of our wonderful and very warm dinner with President Xi in Argentina".

"Nobody knows what the deal is", said one top White House adviser, who was among six administration officials interviewed for this story who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal deliberations.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who rattled global markets Tuesday after declaring himself "a Tariff Man", predicted in a series of tweets Wednesday the United States and China would negotiate a new trade deal.

Trump said China had committed to buying large amounts of US agricultural products and completely removing all tariffs on US automobiles a huge shift from its current 40 per cent penalty although China hasn't confirmed this

If Trump can make a deal in which Xi opens China's markets and reins in IP theft, the pain will have been worth it. Congress might have to offer a short-term support for farmers taking losses, but if a deal gets announced within the 90 days, the cost for that should be relatively low.

The White House has said China had committed to start buying more American products and lifting tariff and non-tariff barriers immediately, while beginning talks on structural changes with respect to forced technology transfers and intellectual property protection. The latter action was meant to stem China's role in perpetuating the opioid epidemic.

Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is now leading talks for the US, and has been widely praised by both Mnuchin and Kudlow over his role.

The Chinese government said it will "actively promote the work of negotiations within 90 days in accordance with a clear timetable and road map".

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Trump agreed he will leave the tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products at 10 percent, and not raise it to 25 percent as he has threatened to do January 1, according to a White House statement. The current rate is set at 10 percent.

Trump made no mention of variants of fentanyl in his tweet.

The Chinese government, however, has not signaled its recognition of the framework or the 90-day deadline.

The two leaders held high stakes discussions on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires last week and agreed to a ceasefire in their trade war.

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China has said comparatively little about the Trump-Xi agreement after senior Chinese officials briefed the media following the meeting, and USA and Chinese accounts of what the deal entails have sometimes differed.

Trump has said China is supposed to start buying agricultural products immediately and cut its 40 percent tariffs on USA auto imports. At the time, Lighthizer's office said that such tariffs were the first step in ensuring "fair and sustainable trade". China's crude oil imports from the US had ground to a halt. A few months after being implemented, the tariffs led to a three-percent decrease in output for China's aluminum industry. ALL subjects discussed!' Trump wrote. The Chinese government retaliated by placing a 25-percent tariff on agricultural products, such as soybeans.

While both sides now appear eager to ease tensions, Trump pointed out on Tuesday that he is unwilling to blink in the face of China's silence.

"When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so". It will now be considered a 'controlled substance.' This could be a game changer on what is. considered to be the worst and most unsafe, addictive and deadly substance of them all, ' the president wrote in a pair of tweets.

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Trump has long accused China of unfair trade practices that hurt Americans and the United States economy.

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