The Chinese Treasury Ministry announces that from January 1, 2019, it will eliminate for three months additional tariffs of 25 percent on U.S. cars and 5% tariffs on certain U.S. auto parts. During this period, imports of U.S. cars will be subject to China`s standard tariff rate of 15 percent on foreign cars. The suspension of these tariffs affects 144 automotive products and 67 auto parts and marks the first concrete concession since the 90-day trade war concluded at the G20 of Heads of State and Government in Buenos Aires. The official announcement can be made here. China is also resuming the purchase of soybeans in the United States, with a significant purchase of 1.5 million tonnes of beans. In July 2018, China halted the purchase of U.S.-produced soybeans in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports, marking the start of the trade war as we know it.
On May 20, 2019, the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America, a professional shoe association, issued an open letter to President Trump under its leadership: “On behalf of our hundreds of millions of shoe consumers and hundreds of thousands of employees, we ask you to stop this action immediately” and we are referring to the trade war.   With less than two weeks to go before the highly anticipated G20 summit in Osaka on June 28 and 29, Xi and Trump are reviving trade talks over the phone. The two sides confirmed that they would meet in person on the sidelines of the summit to discuss the ongoing trade dispute. Previously, Trump had threatened to tip tariffs on the remaining $300 billion of unsavory Chinese imports, depending on the outcome of trade negotiations. This affects a number of consumer products such as mobile phones, computers and clothing. These new tariffs were proposed in a bill that is scheduled for public consultation on July 2. An analysis published by the Wall Street Journal in October 2020 showed that the trade war did not push the primary objective of the resumption of U.S. production, nor the re-eraration of factory production. Although the trade war led to increased employment in some sectors, tariffs resulted in a net loss of U.S. industry jobs. The trade war reduced the U.S. trade deficit with China in 2019, but this trend reversed in 2020, with the trade deficit returning to its pre-trade war level, while the overall U.S.
trade deficit widened.  Chinese head of state and party Xi Jinping said in a message to Trump that the agreement was “beneficial to China, the United States and the world.” Xi also said the agreement shows that both countries can find appropriate and effective solutions to problems “on the basis of equality and mutual respect through dialogue and consultation.”