Left: U.S. President Donald Trump holds Chinese Vice Premier Liu He after signing “phase one” of the U.S.-China trade agreement in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 15, 2020. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters Would the Phase 1 agreement that caused a ceasefire to rising tensions between the United States and China thwart its failure? Although the narrow trade agreement reached earlier this year is only a small part of a much broader relationship between the world`s two largest economies, hopes for its implementation have contributed to some of what has become an open strategic confrontation. In November 2019, Jim Cramer said the trade war between the United States and China would continue for a long time if China did not buy a considerable amount of U.S. products to prove the validity of the free trade quota arguments in the Trump administration.  The mayors of Davenport and St. Gabriel, who represented cities heavily dependent on the agricultural sector, expressed concern that the trade war would have on their cities.  The big question now, some say, is not whether the trade agreement will survive, but what form of trade confrontation will take its place at a time when U.S. economic policy toward China is less dictated by long-term national interests than by short-term electoral calculations. Read the nearly 100-party trade deal between the United States and China WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States and China reached a trade agreement Wednesday that eases tensions between the world`s two largest economies, offers massive export opportunities for U.S. farms and factories, and promises to do more to protect U.S. trade secrets.
7. See US Trade Representative and US Department of Agriculture, Interim Report on the Economic and Trade Agreement between the United States of America and the People`s Republic of China: Agriculture Trade, October 23, 2020. This report contains data on projected U.S. exports – not actual U.S. exports under the legal text of the trade agreement – based on weekly sales data for certain agricultural products reported to the Department of Agriculture. The deal leaves tariffs on about $360 billion in Chinese imports, with the government`s leverage hoping to generate concessions in the future. At the international level, the ultimate goal of the Trump administration`s trade war is to change China`s trade policy, while tariff enforcement and the negative economic effects of the trade war have also been criticized. Among U.S. industries, U.S. companies and agribusinesses opposed the trade war, although most farmers continued to support Trump.
Some U.S. politicians disagree with Trump`s tactics, but most agree with the goal of putting pressure on China.  At the end of November 2019, none of the leading Democratic presidential candidates said they would eliminate tariffs, including Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, both of whom approved the United States.