In a tweet on December 31, the president said “high-level representatives of China” will attend the signing. The President said he would travel to Beijing “at a later date” to start talks toward a second part of the trade agreement.
Under the proposed deal, tariffs on $156 billion in Chinese imports — primarily consumer goods such as toys, clothes and electronics — that were set to be imposed on December 15 were delayed. Those tariffs would have taxed virtually everything China sells to the U.S.
Tariff rates on $120 billion of Chinese imports imposed in September will be halved to 7.5 percent from 15 percent. A 25 percent tariff placed on $250 billion of Chinese products implemented earlier in the 19-month trade dispute will remain in effect, although those imports exclude most consumer products.