* China open to partial trade deal -Bloomberg
* Sterling falls after report of EU concession on Brexit is denied
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By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed
NEW YORK, Oct 9 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar rose against the
safe-haven Japanese yen on revived hopes for an amicable resolution to
the U.S.-Chinese trade war, after a report that China is still open to
agreeing to a partial trade deal with the United States.
The report, from Bloomberg, cited an official with direct
knowledge of the trade talks.
It comes a day after trade tensions flared again after the U.S.
State Department said it has imposed visa restrictions on Chinese
government and Communist Party officials it believes responsible for
the detention or abuse of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang province.
Separately, the Financial Times newspaper reported that Chinese
officials are offering to increase annual purchases of U.S.
agricultural products as the two countries seek to resolve their trade
Vice Premier Liu He, China's top trade negotiator, is scheduled to
travel to Washington for their next round of trade talks on Oct 10-11.
"Although President Trump has expressed little interest in a
partial agreement like the one that was struck with Japan, China seems
to be more sympathetic," Marc Chandler, chief market strategist
at Bannockburn Global Forex, said in a note.
Against the yen, which tends to strengthen during times of
geopolitical stress due to Japan's standing as the world's biggest
creditor, the greenback was 0.29% higher at 107.38 yen.
Currencies linked with greater investor risk appetite, such as the
Australian dollar, crept higher. The Aussie was up 0.13%, while the
New Zealand dollar rose 0.24%.
Still, some analysts advocated caution about the latest bout of
optimism around the U.S.-China trade talks.
"The Trump administration’s decision to impose visa bans on
Chinese officials linked to abuses, blacklist some Chinese high tech
companies and a ban on U.S. pension funds investing in China
hardly make for a positive backdrop to the trade talks,
especially considering that China has yet to respond to the U.S.
moves," said Shaun Osborne, chief market strategist at Scotiabank
The dollar index , which measures the greenback against a basket
of other currencies, was 0.06% lower on the day as traders awaited the
release of the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee's minutes from its
September meeting, due later on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, sterling erased earlier gains on Wednesday after the
Northern Irish party that supports the British government said it
would emphatically oppose a reported European Union concession on the
Irish backstop under any Brexit deal.
The pound was 0.02% lower against the dollar at $1.2215, after
rising as high as $1.229.
Graphic: World FX rates in 2019
(Reporting by Saqib Iqbal Ahmed; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)
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