Trade Talks "Miles And Miles" Apart, China Grants Ivanka Trump Five Trademarks

It is curious how Trump expects a trade deal with China by March 1, when sides are "miles and miles" apart.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says U.S., China 'Miles and Miles' From Trade Deal.

The United States and China are “miles and miles” from resolving trade issues but there is a fair chance the two countries will get a deal, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday.

A 30-member Chinese delegation plans to come to Washington next week for talks, he said, as the world’s two largest economies try to meet a March 1 deadline to resolve their trade disputes, but Ross tried to tamp down expectations for the high-level talks.

“There is a very large group coming. There’s been a lot of anticipatory work done but we’re miles and miles from getting a resolution and frankly that shouldn’t be too surprising,” Ross said in an interview with CNBC. “Trade is very complicated, there’s lots and lots of issues - not just how many soybeans and how much LNG.”

More important, he said, were the structural reforms that Washington believes are needed in the Chinese economy, as well as enforcement mechanisms for failure to adhere to whatever is agreed to.

Ross said the two sides were unlikely to resolve all their disputes in next week’s talks, but added, “I think there’s a fair chance we do get to a deal.”

Strategy? Message?

What's the strategy here? Downplay the chances after Trump was so optimistic so the administration can later brag about how tough a negotiator Trump is?

What's the message? We have a good chance of a deal? A fair chance even if we cannot resolve disputes?


China Grants Ivanka Trump Five Trademarks

Perhaps a few more trademarks will close some of those miles.

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