Trump unleashes trade war with tariffs on China

US 'firing at itself' with trade measures: China

China rejects ‘blackmail’ on eve of US tariff hike

China's tariffs on hundreds of U.S. goods include top exports such as soybeans, sorghum and cotton, threatening USA farmers in states that backed Trump in the 2016 USA election, such as Texas and Iowa.

The Trump administration sought to limit the impact of the tariffs on U.S. households by targeting Chinese industrial goods, not consumer products, for the first round of tariffs.

President Trump announced the tariffs in June and since then the USA and China have been locked in a series of threats and negotiations that have rattled markets.

On top of that, China pays $24 billion a year for foreign patent and copyright licenses, according to government data. Import duties on such a large volume of goods would be highly disruptive and impact all the major vehicle exporting countries/regions such as Mexico, Canada, Japan, the European Union, and South Korea.

When asked whether negotiations with the White House were ongoing, Lu said, "I can tell you, the USA is very clear about China's stance".

Analysts said that for companies with supply exposure to tariffs, they will move sourcing country of origin if they can; and if they cannot, they will pass on as much of the tariff cost as they can, or see a cut in margins. More fundamental is his dishonest use of national security as a rationale for new trade barriers, even against allies such as Canada, and his equally false accusation that the World Trade Organization has been biased against the United States.

Wang Shouwen, vice minister of commerce, said at a news conference in Beijing last week that China has not ramped up regulations to deter USA imports.

The president's get-tough stance on China is bolstered by an electoral base that for years has been moving away from the GOP's long-held free trade orthodoxy, according to conservative and business leaders who themselves oppose protectionist tariffs in trade disputes.

Chinese stock fell Wednesday due to fears of a looming trade war. It would be impossible for China to match Trump's steeper tariff threats because they exceed the total value of China's imports from the US.

"These tariffs target the vital parts and components used in equipment manufacturing throughout the U.S.", Slater said. Friction has also grown over the South China Sea and Taiwan.

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News of the hold-ups came as Washington imposed tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese imports this morning. "I think products made in China are the best", said one shopper in a Beijing grocery story, who gave his name as Yang.

As the tariffs approached, the United States central bank warned the impending trade battle was beginning to darken the otherwise blue skies of the robust American economy, now in its 10th year of recovery.

The US has applied tariffs on goods imported from China worth $34bn in the latest measures created to tackle its trade deficit with the Asian country.

At the same time, trade relations between the US and other world leaders have also been growing heated.

"The global financial crisis, which ensured that we now act in the framework of the G-20, would never have been resolved so quickly, despite the pain, if we hadn't cooperated in a multilateral fashion in the spirit of comradeship", Merkel said on Wednesday.

About the first replacement model, Trump wants to reassert the United States as the world's most dominant economy by removing all the trade loopholes that his predecessors wrote into law for reasons of self-enrichment & Liberal-Globalist ideology and therefore return to an era of largely bilateral economic agreements that put "America First" in all respects. Trump's tariffs are meant to pressure Beijing to reform its trade policies.

It's also possible that Europe could become ensnared in the U.S.

Some prominent academics are calling for more drastic measures to undercut China's practice of trading market access for technology transfers, such as unwinding Asian supply networks in high-end tech sectors. "Even if you force domestic technology companies (to improve), it may take a while for them to adapt".

Beijing has made the semiconductor sector a key priority under its "Made in China 2025" strategy, which has intensified after a us ban on sales to Chinese phone maker ZTE Corp (000063.SZ) underscored China's lack of domestic chips.

"The progress of China's economy can not be reversed by any force".

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