Talks with China appear to have broken down over revising the economic policy and opening up China to more trade with the United States. In scheduled talks, Wilbur Ross and Steve Mnuchin broached the topic of opening up China to more United States competition which the Chinese government has balked at.
China is currently protecting many facets of their economy, thereby protecting jobs in their country. The United States currently does not have any tariffs or restrictions on Chinse companies operating in the United States which many individuals have indicated lead to unfair treatment on the part of China.
The United States has been attempting to ease these regulations as well as confront China about currency manipulation that places United States exporters at a disadvantage to the United States. Many are indicating that the United States should implement new tariffs to combat these forms of governmental support.
President Donald Trump has indicated his intention to place a 55% tariff on Chinese goods, though many are attributing this to bluster and think a course of action such as this unlikely. China would likely reply with a tariff of their own which could have a major impact on the world economy. A trade war between the United States and China could potentially push the world economy into a recession and threaten many notable industries that the U.S. has significant exports to China including soybeans, technology, and a wide range of food products.
Wilbur Ross and Steve Mnuchin announced that the talks with China will continue and believe that their differences will be ironed out to the mutual satisfaction and benefit of both China and the United States. While talks will continue, they will do so absence of any concrete results from these discussion, along with much uncertainty about the future of Chinese and American economic relations.