U.S. to shorten length of visas for some Chinese citizens: White House

Saul Bowman
May 30, 2018

Trade talks between the two countries will continue, the statement said, and the United States has asked Beijing to remove "all of its many trade barriers" that prevent American companies from doing business in China, and has also said that "tariffs and taxes between the two countries be reciprocal in nature and value".

After threatening China with $150 billion in tariffs, Trump's administration has suspended plans to impose the tariffs for now and the president tweeted Wednesday that a "different structure" would be needed in the trade talks involving the world's two largest economies. The final list will be announced by June 15 with tariffs imposed shortly after. China and the USA averted a trade war by reaching an agreement on May 20 under which Beijing agreed to "significantly increase" its purchases of American goods and services to reduce United States dollars 375 billion trade deficit with Washington. In retaliation, China announced plans to impose new tariffs of 25 per cent worth United States dollars 50 billion on 106 American products including items like soybeans which could hurt American farmers.

Commerce Secretary Ross is scheduled to visit Beijing from June 2 to June 4 to try and get China to agree to firm numbers for additional USA exports to the country.

Trump has long said that China has taken advantage of the United States with unfair trade practices, including industrial subsidies and prohibitive trade barriers.

A White House official, who asked for anonymity to discuss administration policy, said the measures were part of a USA national security strategy to prevent American intellectual property from being obtained by foreign competitors.

A crackdown of Chinese investment into "industrially significant technology".


When the deal was announced, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said tariffs on Chinese goods were "on hold".

"China's attitude, as always, is: we do not want to fight, but we are also not afraid to fight", it said in a commentary. After Trump administration officials traveled to China at the start of the month, a Chinese delegation came to Washington two weeks later.

"We were both surprised by and expecting the statement issued by the White House".

The tariffs and investment restrictions, as well as a case brought by the USA against China before the World Trade Organisation, are the outcome of an investigation launched previous year into intellectual property practices in China.

Donald Trump is gearing up for a trade war with China. China has made similar promises to act better on trade with the U.S.in the past.

Ivanka Trump is refusing to answer questions about the glaring conflict of interest created by her work in the White House and her ongoing business dealings with the Chinese government, reported the New York Times' Maggie Haberman on Tuesday.

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