Explainer: Sorry, the trade war is not over

By Steve Frothingham

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — While negotiations are continuing and things can change quickly in the Age of Trump, as of Thursday morning the U.S.-China trade war continues and there is no agreement to roll back tariffs on e-bikes, despite some optimistic reports elsewhere in the bicycle media industrial complex.

Last week, China officials said they were close to a “Phase 1” agreement with the U.S. that would include an elimination of tariffs the Trump administration has imposed on products, including bikes and e-bikes. It’s not clear whether the China statement was an update, a hope or a demand, but officials reiterated it as recently as Thursday morning.

No agreement has been announced and Trump told reporters last Friday that he will not agree to a complete rollback of tariffs. On Tuesday, Trump said he might increase tariffs substantially if a deal is not reached.

What about the e-bike exclusion?

In September, the U.S. Trade Representative released a list of products that had been granted an exclusion from tariffs. Singlespeed road bikes were granted an exclusion, as were electric motorcycles.

It wasn’t clear whether e-bikes were included with the e-moto exclusion, and the unclarity continues.

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