I don't like to get political and hopefully what I'm writing isn't too political. I'm thinking that even if President Trump is really wanting to have a trade deal with China to avert the upcoming tariff deadline in March on Chinese goods, China might not want to see a trade deal gets done even if the United States concedes something great.
How come? Well, let's pretend to put yourself in a Chinese shoe and think about this for a second. So, if you're Chinese and you know that the Americans will up the tariff on your $200 billion goods in March from 10% to 25% if the trade deal between China and the United States won't happen, and so the big question is should you concede to the United States in a big way in order for a trade deal to be happening and the tariff to go away? Well, I think if you're smart you probably would want the United States to impose the 25% tariff on your $200 billion of goods.
I think China knows that the United States economy is not on a solid foundation otherwise the United States won't have a government shutdown and such. Furthermore, inflation would go through the roof since the interest rates cannot be raised appropriately. To keep the interest rates low the United States has to continue to print more money. Normal people in the United States will continue to see rising inflation which would cost them dearly in acquiring daily things in local grocery stores and so on. A hamburger meal usually costs like $3 but now is like $7 to $8. So, if you're Chinese you would think that a higher tariff on the $200 billion in Chinese goods must be a great thing for China!
Meanwhile, China is weaning off its reliance on American consumers because of the hostility between the United States and China! This could push China to be more aggressive in finding new markets throughout the world such as in Africa, India, Asia, Europe, and South America to replace the North American consumer base. Some other regions might see this as a good opportunity to negotiate with China to get a great deal so they could enter China's huge growing middle-class consumer base. China may pretend to resist this but could end up agreeing to concede something to these players so they could diversify away from the American consumer base.
I think the long-term picture is what China is sought after because China wants to better itself in the overall big picture. This means China doesn't care if the United States is upping the tariff to 25% or even to 75% or to 100%. When the United States is upping the tariff on Chinese goods, Americans have to pay more for daily things in their lives. This would put even more stress on the Americans and make the Americans go into debt even more. More Americans in debt could mean a weaker market overall for the United States in the long run. This means more Americans will have to be more prudent about what they will spend so they could have money to pay off their debts. This means the American market will soon see a big cutback from spending by American consumers. Either this or the Americans who are already in too much debt won't have money to spend anyway!
Meanwhile, China could just sit pretty and wait to see another financial crisis that will hit North America. So, in a Chinese shoe, do you think you want to have a trade deal done with the United States? Meanwhile, President Trump may not even want a trade deal done with China since President Trump thinks that he will get more votes for the next presidential race if he goes anti-China even more. In summary, I don't think by the end of February we will see a trade deal between China and the United States. So, if you're on the side of wanting to see a trade deal done, you should hope that I'm wrong. So, if you're on the side of not wanting to see a trade deal done between China and the United States, you would probably want that I'm right. In my opinion, a trade war between China and the United States is not a good thing for the long-term economic health of the United States.