(200115) -- WASHINGTON D.C., Jan. 15, 2020 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, who is also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chief of the Chinese side of the China-U.S. comprehensive economic dialogue, sign the China-U.S. phase-one economic and trade agreement during a ceremony at the East Room of the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, Jan. 15, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)
(200115) -- WASHINGTON D.C., Jan. 15, 2020 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, who is also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chief of the Chinese side of the China-U.S. comprehensive economic dialogue, sign the China-U.S. phase-one economic and trade agreement during a ceremony at the East Room of the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, Jan. 15, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

WATCH: Stocks increase as Trump and Xi form truce in US-China trade war

By Aaliyah Fortuin Time of article published Jan 18, 2020

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Stocks increased to 12% after US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed on a truce in the US-China trade war, which resulted in a wave of relief through global markets.

In the meeting held, Trump agreed on easing restrictions on tech giant Huawei's US technology purchases and to hold off on tariffs for the US imports from China. While Xi agreed on purchasing US agricultural products and resumed trade talks. Trump and Xi’s “phase one” trade deal increased the S&P 500 to 12 %, the US benchmark index, reaching a new record high of 3.095.60 points.

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Video by: Aaliyah Fortuin, Belt and Road Initiative Plus, BRI+

The deal saw a boost in the market and opening up of prospects of trade but also saw the end of escalation in the dispute between the two countries.

Despite the trade deal having a long way to go, Trump stated that China has committed to $200 billion in purchases of American goods and services while Vice President Mike Pence stated that their agricultural purchases would be from $40 billion to $50 billion. 

The trade deal between the two superpowers saw many investors celebrating, however that celebration was short-lived when analysts pointed out that previous rounds of tariffs were still in place and that Huawei was still blacklisted.

Despite mixed emotions regarding the trade deal, the truce saw wall street stocks increase as the Chinese Commerce Ministry revealed that the tariffs would be lifted. The ministry’s spokesperson Gao Feng expressed having both sides agree on phasing out the tariffs is an important condition for reaching the agreement.

The trade deal between China and the US has cooled tensions and instead opened up the door to a lasting truce with Trump expressing it as the “greatest and biggest deal ever made for our great patriot farmers in the history of the country.” Despite finality, analysts also agree that the deal will not only help business confidence due to the tariffs with China as well as helping the retail sector and manufacturers.


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