Trade War truce boosts global financial markets

Early indicators show that Asian financial markets rose after the presidents of China and the US reached a temporary truce in their trade war.

At the G20 summit in Argentina, President Donald Trump and the Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed to halt new trade tariffs for 90 days to allow for talks.

An escalating trade war between the world’s two largest economies has weighed heavily on markets generally, with tariffs in excess of $250bn could derail global economies.

The United States began the war by imposing billions of dollars of tariffs on Chinese goods imported into the US, posing risks to global trade and the world economy. China followed by retaliating and imposing its levies and tariffs on American goods, that was due to rise from 10% to 25% at the end of this month.

In China, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index and Shanghai Composite were up more than 2% in early trading, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose more than 1%.

Failure to achieve a ceasefire would have seen tariffs on $200bn worth of Chinese goods rise from 10% to 25% at the start of next year, and would have opened the way for tariffs on additional Chinese goods.

Hopes of a breakthrough at the G20 had been undermined right before the meeting by comments from the US president.