Speaking with FOX Business’ Gerry Baker on “WSJ at Large”, Ross argued the numbers prove him right.
“There was a study done by one of the European think tanks that said of the 25 percent [tariff], 20.4 or thereabouts had been absorbed on the Chinese side, either through the deterioration in currency or through prices, and only about 4.5 percent was absorbed on the U.S. side,” he said.
Ross told Baker the administration has learned, despite the tariffs, China has been buying more agricultural products from the U.S. recently. And while he said that’s a positive thing, it’s still important for the White House to stick to its guns in demanding a broader trade agreement.
“We know that we need a complete deal and it’s not just buying a little more pork or soybeans,” Ross said. “That’s very welcome, but if that’s all we wanted, we could have had a deal two-and-a-half years ago. We need structural reforms, intellectual property, technology transfers, [state-owned enterprises], the whole panoply.”
Ross confirmed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s previous statements to FOX Business that trade talks with China will resume in two weeks. Ross explained that the Oct. 10 to 11 timeframe was roughly what was being targeted.
While Ross remains optimistic about how the negotiations will go, he had a tinge of realism too.
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