Dow jumps after report that US mulling lifting China tariffs

Dow jumps after report that US mulling lifting China tariffs
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 250 points on Thursday afternoon following a report that the Trump administration is considering scaling back tariffs on China.
 
 
The Journal cited people close to the internal deliberations.
 
According to the report, U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerChinese, US negotiators fine-tuning details of trade agreement: report The Trump economy keeps roaring ahead Trump says no discussion of extending deadline in Chinese trade talks MORE opposes the move, worrying that it would be seen as a sign of weakness.
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A Treasury spokesperson denied that Mnuchin had recommended such a plan.
 
“Neither Secretary Mnuchin nor Ambassador Lighthizer have made any recommendations to anyone with respect to tariffs or other parts of the negotiation with China. This an ongoing process with the Chinese that is nowhere near completion,” the spokesperson said. 
 
The Trump administration has leveled tariffs on billions worth of Chinese imports. Trump agreed to postpone until March 1 a scheduled increase in tariffs on $200 billion of imports, from 10 percent to 25 percent.
 
Both the U.S. and China have felt the economic effects of the trade war. In November, China imported no U.S. soybeans for the first time since the protracted trade battle began, while China has scaled back its economic growth projections.