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Asian markets slip as China-US trade deal joy subsides

AFP  |  Hong Kong 

Asian markets mostly dropped Tuesday as the previous day's over the China-US trade ceasefire gave way to questions about whether the two can ultimately resolve their differences.

However, continued to rise, building on Monday's surge fuelled by the agreement as well as of a Russia-pact to cap output.

Global investors were given some much-needed cheer at the weekend after and called a halt to their painful tariffs battle for 90 days while they try to resolve their differences.

The lit a fuse under markets after a torrid year that has been dominated by the trade war between the world's top two economies, which many fear will hit global growth.

However, there is concern that the three month grace period will not be enough for them to hammer out agreements on key issues, particularly on intellectual property protection.

"Can the US and really resolve their differences in 90 days?" asked Rodrigo Catril, at

"It seems that more details and signs of progress will be needed if the initial trade truce warm fuzzy feeling is to be sustained." Also, later Monday there was uncertainty about Trump's claims in a tweet that had agreed to slash tariffs on car imports, with two of his top advisers unable to provide clarity on the issue.

"That's what happens when you don't have the detailed negotiations going into the summit" and end up with the "broad swath of a 35,000-foot deal," Bonnie Glaser, a expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said.

"It's risky. There's certainly no guarantees that it will produce the outcomes that we want." Hong Kong dipped 0.3 per cent, fell 0.7 per cent by lunch, was 0.2 per cent off and lost 0.6 per cent.

and each dropped 0.5 percent, while eased 0.3 per cent though there were gains in Wellington, and

Still, Jeff Kleintop, at for Financial Research remained upbeat.

"It's easy to see the trade deal as a half empty (glass) -- that it's just a postponement and that they'll work together but that there really isn't any kind of resolution," he said.

"But I think you can see it as a half glass full." On both main contracts posted more healthy gains, adding more than one percent, having racked up gains of almost four percent Monday on the trade deal, the Russia-Saudi output agreement and a cut in production in

Focus is now on a meeting of OPEC and non-OPEC members in at the weekend, where they will reveal how much and for how long they will reduce as they look to stabilise the crude market.

On currency markets the pound is struggling to bounce back against the dollar as MPs prepare to debate Theresa May's Brexit deal as she struggles to win over enough people to support it.

Failure to push the agreement through parliament could bring down her government, fuelling more uncertainty in the country.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 09:50 IST