Top negotiators from the United States and China met this week to see if they can find a way to end a trade war between the two nations. The U.S. delegation is led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer who are in Shanghai to meet with their Chinese counterparts.

No agreements were reached, although a report from the Wall Street Journal indicates both parties felt the talks were constructive, which sets the stage for another round in September.

It’s been three months since the two sides met, and it’s in the best interests of both countries to work through their differences. While the hope for a larger agreement is being advised against, there’s also a goal to find a solution for the ongoing tariff battle. A tit-for-tat exchange has been in effect for the past year and a half, and these delays hurt both economies.

However, on the eve of the negotiations, President Trump took to Twitter to lambast the Chinese, calling them untrustworthy. He also made a critical reference to Joe Biden, calling him “Sleepy Joe,” and said the Chinese were holding out hope that Biden would give them more favorable terms.


Trump inferred the Chinese haven’t come through on promises to buy more U.S. agricultural products, stalling in the hopes that either Biden or another Democrat wins the U.S. presidential election in 2020.