Stable Genius: Trump Just Made China Blink – This Is Big

Published on April 10, 2018

You can add this to the ‘promises kept’ pile Trump keeps stacking up.

Just days ago, the gloom-and-doomers were predicting disaster in global trade, and that Trump just gave back all the gains we’ve made so far.

While the rest of the world was busy fixating on the horrors we’ve seen in Syria in recent days, and tensions ramp up there, while the Beltway is scrambling to keep up with the latest developments in the shocking raid by Mueller on the President’s personal lawyer, some of us have not stopped paying attention to other developments.

Succinctly put, Mr. Fleisher.

President Xi Jinping promised Tuesday to cut China’s auto tariffs and improve intellectual property protection in possible concessions aimed at defusing a worsening dispute with Washington over trade and technology that investors worry could set back the global economic recovery.

Speaking at a business conference, Xi made no direct mention of his American counterpart, Donald Trump, or the dispute. He promised progress on areas that are U.S. priorities including opening China’s banking industry and boosting imports but didn’t address key irritants for Washington such as a requirement for foreign companies to work through joint ventures that require them to give technology to potential local competitors.
Private sector analysts saw Xi’s speech as an overture to help end the biggest trade dispute since World War II. It has fueled fears of a global economic chill if other nations respond with their own import barriers.

Markets surged in response in Asia, Europe and also in the U.S., where the Dow jumped 300 points before the opening bell Tuesday.
Source: APNews

President Trump TOLD us he was a strong negotiator. But many of the pundits didn’t really believe him — or at least thought that our President was in over his head when it came to international trade.

The experts flinched when China threatened retaliation. They told him he needed to stand down before he ‘broke’ the economy, so to speak.

But — to coin a phrase — #NeverthelessTrumpPersisted.

And to the surprise, it would seem, of everyone but Trump himself, we’re seeing China change their position.

Is China going to follow through? Are they just posturing?

Who knows? But for once, we’re seeing them actually acknowledge legitimate American grievances. In particular, intellectual property.

Here it was discussed between Hugh Hewitt and Larry Kudlow this morning:

HH: Let me begin with President Xi. If he did not blink yesterday in his speech, the president of China, did he at least flutter his eyes a little bit when it comes to American automobile imports and other matters?

LK: Well, I don’t know, I mean, we’re going to evaluate the speech. But from what I gather reading the news reports, he did a lot more than blink. He made, I don’t know what the code is in China, but he may have blinked three times. And look, he’s talking about market openings. He’s talking about reducing barriers. He’s talking particularly in the automobile industry. It looks like he’s talking about joint companies, you know, American side can get over 50%. We’ll have to clarify that, but that seems to be in there. He also talked about intellectual property theft. He also talked about technology, force technology transfers. In other words, all of the things that we’ve been saying are wrong, he addressed in his speech in a positive way, that change is coming. And he said it’ll come sooner rather than later. Now I can’t interpret that, yet. We’ve got to get our whole team together today and have a look. They’ve said similar things in the past. I acknowledge that. But it covered the waterfront, and it was billed as a major speech. He never mentioned, he never mentions the U.S. issues – tariffs, proposals, what not, or complaints, let’s call them. He never really mentioned that. So it seemed like a peaceful speech with the intent of market openings. If it does, it changes the whole game. Financial markets are rallying, Hugh, so they saw it first in the Asian markets, so it’s a good sign. Let’s just say that. It’s a positive sign.
Source: HughHewitt

They continued on to say that the Canadian PM had suggested NAFTA negotiations were progressing well.

And with innovation across various sectors being the REAL backbone of the American economy, the fact that China is even TALKING about these topics is good news indeed.

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