US President Donald Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House on January 14. With the 2020 US presidential election looming, the Trump team won’t welcome an idea taking root that it is the US electorate and US firms that are actually footing the tariff bill in the trade war. Photo: Washington Post US President Donald Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House on January 14. With the 2020 US presidential election looming, the Trump team won’t welcome an idea taking root that it is the US electorate and US firms that are actually footing the tariff bill in the trade war. Photo: Washington Post
US President Donald Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House on January 14. With the 2020 US presidential election looming, the Trump team won’t welcome an idea taking root that it is the US electorate and US firms that are actually footing the tariff bill in the trade war. Photo: Washington Post
Neal Kimberley
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Macroscope by Neal Kimberley

Donald Trump needs a trade deal, China not so much – but Beijing may just be ready to settle, too

  • Neal Kimberley says the timing seems right for a deal between Washington, where worries about Trump’s 2020 prospects are beginning to bite, and Beijing, which can do without the distraction of a trade war as it focuses on economic reform at home

US President Donald Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House on January 14. With the 2020 US presidential election looming, the Trump team won’t welcome an idea taking root that it is the US electorate and US firms that are actually footing the tariff bill in the trade war. Photo: Washington Post US President Donald Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House on January 14. With the 2020 US presidential election looming, the Trump team won’t welcome an idea taking root that it is the US electorate and US firms that are actually footing the tariff bill in the trade war. Photo: Washington Post
US President Donald Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House on January 14. With the 2020 US presidential election looming, the Trump team won’t welcome an idea taking root that it is the US electorate and US firms that are actually footing the tariff bill in the trade war. Photo: Washington Post
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Neal Kimberley

Neal Kimberley

UK-based Neal Kimberley has been active in the financial markets since 1985. Having worked in sales and trading in the dealing rooms of major banks in London for many years, he moved to ThomsonReuters in 2009 to provide market analysis. He has been contributing to the Post since 2015 and writes about macroeconomics from a market perspective, with a particular emphasis on currencies and interest rates.