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Trump i Kina…

USA:s president Donald Trump har varit i Kina och bland annat talat om handel. Hans mest uppmärksammade uttalande var att han inte klandrar Kina för USA:s underskott i handelsbalansen. I stället menade Trump att hans företrädare var skyldiga. Men föru...

Trump i Kina…

USA:s president Donald Trump har varit i Kina och bland annat talat om handel.

Hans mest uppmärksammade uttalande var att han inte klandrar Kina för USA:s underskott i handelsbalansen. I stället menade Trump att hans företrädare var skyldiga.

Men förutom de politiska deklarationerna gjordes affärsöverenskommelser på kring 250 miljarder dollar. Hur stor del av detta som kommer att förverkligas är en annan fråga.

Några pressröster:

Financial Times:

”Donald Trump blamed his predecessors for the US’s widening trade deficit with China, praising Xi Jinping and telling an audience in Beijing he did not “blame” Chinese leaders for “taking advantage” of Washington.

In a striking change of tone from the US president, who portrayed China as an economic bogeyman throughout last year’s election campaign, Mr Trump appeared at pains to rekindle the bonhomie that characterised the leaders’ first meeting at his Florida compound in April, a tenor that quickly deteriorated over North Korea.

Although Mr Trump has been welcomed with a state dinner and extensive pomp, Mr Trump’s personal warmth towards Mr Xi was not reciprocated, with the Chinese leader using far more restrained language in his own comments.

“It’s a very good chemistry between the two of us, believe me,” said Mr Trump. “After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens. I give China great credit. In actuality, I blame past [US] administrations for allowing this out-of-control trade deficit to take place and to grow.”

Despite the personal outreach, Mr Trump still used his remarks to push Beijing to rebalance their countries’ “out-of-kilter” economic relationship and “quickly” break the impasse over North Korea’s nuclear and missile development programmes.

“Trade between China and the US has not been over recent years very fair for the US,” the US president said after a morning of meetings with his Chinese counterpart. “We must immediately address the unfair practices that drove [our trade] deficit along with barriers to market access.”

Mr Trump thanked Mr Xi for China’s efforts to restrict its trading and financial relationships with North Korea but implied Beijing could do more. “China can fix this [North Korea] problem easily and quickly,” Mr Trump told an audience of US and Chinese officials and business executives. “I know one thing about your president, if he works on it hard it will happen. There’s no doubt about it.”

Mr Xi did not respond to Mr Trump’s challenges directly, instead highlighting how successful US car companies had been in China and the number of jobs created by Chinese investors in the US. “We will never close our doors,” he said. “They will only open wider and wider.”

“Co-operation is the only viable choice,” Mr Xi said. ”

New York Times:

”BEIJING — President Trump’s $250 billion in Chinese business deals probably won’t be enough to stop a trade fight.

Mr. Trump met with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Beijing on Thursday, offering personal praise and qualified criticisms of China’s trade practices. China, in return, offered modest concessions on some thorny trade issues. The two sides also pointed to what they claimed were billions of dollars of deals between Chinese and American companies to show face-saving progress.

But behind the scenes, Washington and Beijing are gearing up for what may well be months of contentious relations between the world’s two largest trading partners.

After initially focusing this year on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and the United States’ free-trade pact with South Korea, Trump administration officials plan to pursue previous promises to investigate what they call Chinese theft of American intellectual property. Lawmakers also plan to intensify scrutiny of Chinese investments in sensitive areas of the American economy.

Mr. Trump hinted at coming tensions on those fronts on Thursday, saying he hoped to address “the chronic imbalance in our relationship as it pertains to trade.”

“This includes addressing China’s market access restrictions and technology transfer requirements,” he said, “which prevent American companies from being able to fairly compete within China.””

Huffington Post:

”BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – President Donald Trump can return to the United States claiming to have snagged over $250 billion in deals from his maiden trip to Beijing. Whether those deals live up to the lofty price tag is another question altogether.

Watched by Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping at a signing ceremony in Beijing, U.S. planemaker Boeing Co, General Electric Co and chip giant Qualcomm Inc sealed lucrative multi-billion dollar deals.

“This is truly a miracle,” China’s Commerce Minister Zhong Shan said at a briefing in Beijing.

The quarter of a trillion dollar haul underscores how Trump is keen to be seen to address a trade deficit with the world’s second-largest economy that he has long railed against and called “shockingly high” on Thursday.

But U.S. businesses still have many long-standing concerns to complain about, including unfettered access to the China market, cybersecurity and the growing presence of China’s ruling Communist Party inside foreign firms.

William Zarit, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, said the deals pointed to “a strong, vibrant bilateral economic relationship” between the two countries.

“Yet we still need to focus on leveling the playing field, because U.S. companies continue to be disadvantaged doing business in China.”

U.S. tech companies like Facebook Inc and Google are mostly blocked in China. Automakers Ford Motor Co and General Motors must operate through joint ventures, while Hollywood movies face a strict quota system.

″(These deals) allow Trump to portray himself as a master dealmaker while distracting from a lack of progress on structural reforms to the bilateral trade relationship,” Hugo Brennan, Asia analyst at risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft, said in a note.

Some huge deals were announced. Among them is a 20-year $83.7 billion investment by China Energy Investment Corp in shale gas developments and chemical manufacturing projects in West Virginia, a major energy-producing state that voted heavily for Trump in the 2016 election. [

“The massive size of this energy undertaking and level of collaboration between our two countries is unprecedented,” West Virginia Secretary of Commerce H. Wood Thrasher said in a statement.”

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Frihandel i media vecka 4

2016-01-27 "Frihandelsavtalet är bra för både ekonomin och demokratin" skriver Mats Elfsberg, vd på Sepson AB i Vansbro i Dalademokraten som svar på Ellie Cijvats artikel från förra veckan: "Ellie Cijvat skriver den 21 januari i Dala-Demokraten att det ...

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”Frihandelsavtalet är bra för både ekonomin och demokratin” skriver Mats Elfsberg, vd på Sepson AB i Vansbro i Dalademokraten som svar på Ellie Cijvats artikel från förra veckan:

”Ellie Cijvat skriver den 21 januari i Dala-Demokraten att det planerade frihandelsavtalet mellan EU och USA borde stoppas.
Syftet med TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) är att förenkla handeln genom att undanröja en rad handelshinder.

Kommer avtalet till stånd skapas världens största regionala frihandelszon till gagn för ekonomi och demokrati.

Jag driver ett tillverkande företag i Vansbro där cirka 85 procent varorna går på export. Att exportera till länder inom EU är i dag mycket lätt tack vare den frihandelszon som EU utgör. Men tyvärr är det svårare att handla med länder utanför EU.

Ska man leverera till USA möts man av en handelshindrande byråkrati vilket begränsar möjlighet till expansion och tillväxt av arbetstillfällen.

Nej, Ellie Cijvat, företagen från de demokratiska länderna kommer inte att ta över lagstiftningen och förstöra jordens miljö. Det är i de odemokratiska länderna, där auktoritära system styr över ekonomin, som ditt fokus för världsfreden bör ligga.

Förhandlingarna om TTIP har redan dragit ut på tiden. Starka vänsterpolitiska krafter försöker motarbeta detta avtal som skulle kunna bli ett lyft både för demokrati och sysselsättning, nationellt som globalt.

Vi står inför stora utmaningar framöver om vi vill minska arbetslösheten och klara välfärden framöver. Vill verkligen Ellie Cijvat riskera detta?”



Nytt hopp om WTO och Doharundan väcktes vid mötet mellan handelsministrar i Davos förra veckan enligt SvD:

”Mitt i glåmiga debatter om seg tillväxt i världsekonomin, inbromsning i Kina och skakiga börser glimmade ett hopp i helgen när ett 30-tal handelsministrar träffades under Davosmötet. Det är första gången de samlas sedan WTO:s ministermöte i Nairobi i december. Då lyckades man med näppe rädda WTO från kollaps genom att enas om ett jordbruksavtal om främst minskade exportsubventioner. Däremot var de 162 medlemsländerna oeniga om hur man ska skaka liv i den insomnade Doharundan om ökad frihandel.

– Vi har talat om hur vi ska agera efter Nairobi, och hur vi ska gå vidare med Doha. Många här vid Davosmötet är glada över att vi kom överens i Nairobi, och är positivt överraskade att WTO fortfarande finns. Flera hade skrivit dödsannonser för WTO före mötet, säger Cecilia Malmström till SvD Näringsliv i Davos.

Nu väntar ett tufft jobb för att komma vidare med multilaterala Dohaförhandlingar. Men problemet med tungrodda Doha är att få alla länder att komma överens om mängder med handelsområden. Cecilia Malmström menar att framtidens melodi snarare är att förhandla fram mer frihandel inom begränsade sektorer mellan villiga länder. Så sker redan i dag när det gäller exempelvis tjänstehandel, handel med informationsteknologiska varor och handel med miljövaror och miljötjänster.

– Man kan köra det som parallella spår. Alla måste inte gå fram samtidigt, utan vi kan också skapa «villigas koalitioner» för vissa områden. Det finns en mängd nya frågor som kräver globala frihandelsregler, exempelvis e-handel och investeringar, säger Malmström.”



”A Push for TTIP” Mikael Damberg, näringsminister. skriver i Huffington Post:

”Our trade and investment relationship with the US is extremely important. We signed our first bilateral trade agreement back in 1783, making Sweden the first neutral nation not involved in the Revolutionary War to officially recognize the young American republic. Today, the US is our biggest trading partner outside of Europe. Ultimately, our close economic ties boil down to jobs – jobs in Sweden, but also jobs in the US. It is estimated that economic interactions with Sweden support around 330 000 American jobs. In return, our National Board of Trade estimates that 140 000 jobs in Sweden are due to our economic interactions with the U.S.

The Swedish Government is committed to bringing the negotiations on a deep and comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership to a successful conclusion. An ambitious TTIP agreement, which addresses the most costly barriers in transatlantic trade, holds great promise. The economic potential underlying TTIP is obvious.

These are historic negotiations – in terms of size, in terms of the potential gains, and in terms of the precedent that the partnership could set. TTIP is ambitious. And we need to be ambitious if we are to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. 2016 will be an important year, and my government will do its utmost to bring forth a successful conclusion of the negotiations.

Yesterday, I was proud to strengthen our presence in New York by opening Sweden’s upgraded Consulate General in New York City. Today I will continue in Washington and meet officials from the U.S. Administration, including U.S.Trade Representative Michael Froman.”





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