As U.S. and China Near Trade Deal, Enforcement Is Key

Myron Brilliant, the executive vice president and head of international affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said the two sides were closer but cautioned that the Chinese would not agree to a final deal without something in return.

“I remain confident in the prospects of a deal, but I think we need to be cleareyed and understand that China could walk away from expected commitments in purchases, market access, intellectual property and other areas if they don’t get something out of this deal, and that’s tariff relief,” he said.

Political reception of the deal in the United States will largely come down to how tough the United States appears to have been on China.

“I think you have hawks on both sides that are now down to the heart of the matter,” Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s former strategist, said on Tuesday. “What do you do on these structural issues? What are the triggers? What’s the enforcement?”

“No one to date has gotten to the right of Trump on China,” he added. But once details of the deal emerge, outspoken China critics like Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida; Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York; and Richard Trumka, the president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., “may say hey, this is not tough enough,” Mr. Bannon said.

American and Chinese negotiators have continued to carry out talks this week through video conferencing, after a Chinese delegation visited Washington last week. Negotiators have already worked out the bulk of a 150-page agreement on issues including intellectual property protections, purchases, subsidies and currency. Yet the two sides have recently grappled with sticking points over issues including intellectual property and approvals for genetically modified crops, as well as major differences on lifting Mr. Trump’s tariffs and the enforcement mechanism.

The negotiations have been highly secretive, and it was not clear on Thursday how many of these remaining issues had yet to be resolved. A spokeswoman for the United States trade representative, which is leading the negotiations, declined to comment.


more recommended stories

  • Trump Will Not Release Tax Returns to Congress, Spokesman Says

    A White House official said that.

  • The Big Money Challenge Awaiting Joe Biden in the 2020 Race

    Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden.

  • Biden Looms, but Bernie Sanders Is Running His Own Race

    At several stops, he also offered.

  • On Politics: Pelosi Cautions on Impeachment

    • President Trump and his businesses.

  • Kamala Harris Proposes Executive Orders on Gun Control

    Senator Kamala Harris of California, the.

  • Democrats Seek Young Voters, and the Memes That Move Them

    Michael Bossetta, a fellow at the.

  • Two Early Presidents Who Questioned the Wisdom of ‘the People’


  • Supreme Court to Decide Whether Bias Law Covers Gay and Transgender Workers

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced.

  • Amy Klobuchar’s Big Idea: Bipartisan Appeal Can Beat Trump

    As her Democratic rivals promise generational.

  • On Politics: Will Democrats Nominate Another White Man?

    Good Monday morning. Here are some.

  • To Defend Against a Mercurial Boss, Trump Aides Wield the Pen as Shield

    Mr. McGahn said he kept notes.

  • Hospitals Stand to Lose Billions Under ‘Medicare for All’

    Whether hospitals would be able to.

  • Giuliani Says There Is ‘Nothing Wrong With Taking Information From Russians’

    PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump’s.

  • See Which Witnesses the Mueller Report Relied on Most

    A partially redacted report of the.

  • How 2020 Democrats Are Gaming Out Impeachment Quandary

    For some Democratic primary contenders, the.

  • Judge Delivers Major Setback to Trump Policy to Increase Coal Mining on Federal Land

    Want climate news in your inbox?.

  • Catching Up on the Mueller Report: What’s Next?

    A report of more than 400.

  • Should a White Man Be the Face of the Democratic Party in 2020?

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — As Peter.

  • Mueller Witnesses Who Once Served in White House Now Fear Trump’s Ire

    WASHINGTON — President Trump and his.

  • A Reader’s Guide to the Journalism Behind the Mueller Report

    The Washington PostWhy did Obama dawdle.

  • Republicans Offer Health Care Bills to Protect Patients (and Themselves)

    The Affordable Care Act also requires.

  • On Politics: The Biggest Stories of the Week

    From the Mueller report to 2020.

  • Man Charged in Racist Threats Against Cory Booker and Rashida Tlaib

    Federal officials charged a Florida man.

  • Sanders’s ‘Slip of the Tongue’ Would Be a Problem in Some White Houses. Not Trump’s.

    “She is in a credibility bind.

  • ‘Medicare for All’ Is Hammering Health Care Stocks. For Now.

    The difference, or spread, between the.

  • House Democrats Subpoena Full Mueller Report, and the Underlying Evidence

    WASHINGTON — The chairman of the.

  • Mueller Findings Kick Off a Political Tug of War That’s Only Just Beginning

    WASHINGTON — Minutes after the Justice.

  • On Politics: Complete Coverage of the Mueller Report

    • Here are four dramatic passages.

  • Democrats Draw Closer to a Dicey Question: Whether to Impeach Trump

    WASHINGTON — House Democrats, facing some.

  • Right, Left and Center React to the Mueller Report

    Now that it is over, he.

  • Highlights: Barr Defends Trump Before Releasing Mueller Report – Video

    Channels & Shows Home Search U.S..

  • Watch Live: Barr Speaks Before Mueller Report Is Made Public – Video

    Channels & Shows Home Search U.S..