US-China trade tensions eased, but not resolved - Fitch


Posted at Dec 17 2019 07:03 PM

The "phase one" trade deal between the United States and China has eased trade tensions but renewed escalation remains a significant risk, Fitch Ratings agency said on Tuesday.

Tensions between Washington and Beijing, particularly in fields such as technology, will pose a major obstacle to full resolution of the trade war, Fitch said.

The rating agency said it now expects China's economy to grow by close to 6 percent in 2020, compared with its earlier forecast of 5.7 percent, following the initial trade deal.

China's economic growth had cooled to a near 30-year low of 6 percent in the third quarter as the bruising trade war hit factory production.

The United States and China last week cooled their trade tussle by announcing a preliminary trade deal that reduced some U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods in exchange for Chinese purchases of American farm products and other goods. 

(Reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni)