Analyst: Enforcement will be hard for US-China talks

Enforcement “does not have to be tariffs, although I think … given the Trump administration’s strong belief that tariffs are a powerful way to get our trading partners to do what we need them to do, and to punish them when they don’t, we should assume that the US will be seeking to have tariffs as some part of what the mechanism is,” Ennis said. “Whether that looks like just a unilateral tariff or not, I don’t know yet. But certainly, those are some of the aspects they are working on.” But the prevailing industry view is that tariffs should decrease as China implements any commitments, Ennis said.