Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland had four meetings with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer yesterday, yet there was no conclusion in trade negotiation yet. Freeland said “no, we don’t have an agreement,” and talks would “reconvene in the morning” on Friday.
She added that “we continue to be encouraged by the constructive atmosphere,” and “there’s a lot we’re trying to do in a short period of time.” And for now, Freeland is “focused on working hard on our issues with the United States”, not the Mexico yet.
Diary is a key topic in the negotiation and Labour Congress President Hassan Youssef hinted that “the Canadian public should expect the American dairy industry will probably have more access to Canada by the time this agreement is concluded and we should not lose sleep over it,”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s spokesman reiterated his stance that ” the federal government remains committed to ensuring that any agreement is in the best interests of Canadians.”
The United States, Canada and Mexico are trying to come up with at least a preliminary agreement in principle by Friday, a deadline unilaterally set by Trump.
Trump said China devaluating Yuan while PBoC is lifting it
Trump complained in a Bloomberg interview that China is trying to devalue it’s currency, and his administration is studying whether to name China as a currency manipulator. Additionally, he’s looking into the “formula” for deciding who’s doing currency manipulation. Separately, it’s reported that Trump is ready to impose 25% tariffs on USD 200B in Chinese goods as soon as public hearing ends next week. And he told Bloomberg that, “we are a much stronger country,” and “nobody’s waiting us out. Our country is stronger than it’s ever been financially.”
At the same time, the People’s Bank of China set the reference rate stronger than estimates for 17 days in a row, to slow the Yuan’s decline. The currency’s fixing was 0.1% stronger than the average forecast in a Bloomberg survey. It’s a consensus among traders and analysts that the market doesn’t want to bet against PBoC for now, as the central bank and the government are ready to deploy further “manipulative” policies to support Yuan’s exchange rate and stabilize it.
Trump is either living in an alternative world, or his compulsive lying is again in effect.
Btw, here a report of a former top treasury official blasting Trump as woefully wide of the mark on Yuan manipulation.