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Completion of a "phase one"; US-China trade deal could slide into next year, trade experts and people close to the White House say, as Beijing presses for more extensive tariff rollbacks, and the Trump administration counters with heightened demands of its own. US President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in an October 11

news conference that an initial trade deal could take as long as five weeks to ink. Just over five weeks later, a deal is still elusive and negotiations may be getting more complicated, trade experts and people briefed on the talks told Reuters. Trump said on Wednesday the US is continuing to talk to China but gave no other details. "We continue to talk to China. China wants to make a deal. The question is: Do I want to make a deal? Because I like whats happening now," Trump told reporters at the White House. Matters have beco

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th the US International Trade Commission on Wednesday saying it had determined that US industry was materially injured

by imports of aluminium wire and cable from China, locking in US anti-dumping and countervailing duties. Trump and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer recognise that rolling back tariffs for a deal th

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ad suggested that Chinese President Xi Jinping and Trump might sign a deal in early December. Some experts said the next date to watch is December 15, when tariffs on about $US156 billion in Chinese goods are set to take effect, including holiday gift items like electronics and Christmas decorations. "If talks are really going well, that hike will be suspended," said Christian Whiton, a senior fellow for strat

egy and trade at the Center for the National Interest, and a former Trump and George W. Bush administration adviser. "If not, the US will implement them and that will throw the game into next year." The crackdown on Hong Kong protesters may also complicate the deals completion. The US Senate passed a bill on Tuesday night condemning the crackdown and pledging support for Hong Kong, which was immediately criticised by Beijing. "The violent crackdown against protesters in Hong Kong, which Beijing is directing, decreases the odds of a deal," Whit

on said. "Is Xi really going to b

e invited for a grip-and-grin with the president as his cops are beating students in Hong Kong?" Negotiations also are complicated by conflicts within the White House about the best approach to China, and by the fact that Trump could veto any agreed deal at the last minute. "China is going to have to make a deal that I

like," Trump said on Tuesday at a cabinet meeting. "If we dont make a deal with China, Ill just raise the tariffs even higher," he said. The flare-up in tensions between Washington and Beijing helped knock global stock markets from 22-month highs reached in recent weeks when some sort of resolution on the trade war appeared likely. Some China and trade experts briefed on the talks told Reuters they were still optimistic a deal might come together in the coming weeks, and Trump said on Wednesday his team continues to talk with China. A Saturday call between Mnuchin, Lighthizer and Chinas Vice Premier Liu He was described as "constructive" by Chinese state media Xinhua. And the US government has begun issuing licences for some companies to supply goods to Huawei Technologies, the worlds largest telecoms equipment-maker whose blacklisting by the admi

nistration has been another point of contention. Nonetheless, Chinese media pundits now also say they are pessimistic about a deal. "Few Chinese believe that China and the US can reach a deal soon," Hu Xijin, the editor of the state-backed Chinese tabloid Global Times, tweeted on Wedne

sday. Hu concluded his tweet: "China wants a deal but is prepared for the worst-case scenario, a prolonged trade war." Australian Associated Press

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