Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

China Strikes Back With Tariffs On $60 Billion Of U.S. Goods

China warns it has no choice but to retaliate against the latest round of US tariffs but did not specify how. — Reuters pic Trump orders new tariffs on additional USD 200 Bn worth of Chinese imports
Faye Gross | 19 September, 2018, 03:01

In a statement announcing the new round of tariffs, President Donald Trump said if China retaliates the United States "will immediately pursue phase three, which is tariffs on approximately $267 billion of additional imports".

Beijing retaliated Tuesday against Trump's new 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, escalating an ongoing trade conflict that likely won't do either nation much economic damage, according to a Trump adviser and an economist.

Hours after President Trump announced tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, China responded with its own levies on $60 billion worth of USA products.

Trump reacted on Twitter, promising "great and fast economic retaliation against China if our farmers, ranchers and/or industrial workers are targeted".

The increases are in response to the US announcing it will impose tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese-made goods starting next week.

Trump had already imposed 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods.

The US president said there would be further tariffs on $267bn (£203bn) in Chinese imports if Beijing takes "retaliatory action against our farmers or other industries".

President Donald Trump made the announcement this evening in a move that is sure to ratchet up hostilities between Washington and Beijing.

But aside from adjusting the list of products affected by the tariffs, such as removing smart watches from the latest round, the administration has remained largely impervious to the efforts of lobbyists.

As Beijing runs out of USA goods for retaliation, American companies say regulators are starting to disrupt their operations.

The original justification for the USA tariffs was supposed to be Chinese violations of United States intellectual property, explained Derek Scissors, an expert on China's economy and U.S. economic relations with Asia and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. The administration is targeting a bewildering variety of goods - from sockeye salmon to baseball gloves to bamboo mats - forcing USA companies to scramble for suppliers outside China, absorb the import taxes or pass along the cost to their customers.

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The third round contains 5,745 full or partial lines of the original 6,033 lines of goods facing tariffs first announced July 10.

Meanwhile, China announced countermeasures on another $60 billion worth of US goods Tuesday morning.

But a senior Trump administration official said Monday that, while it seeks changes in China's trade policies, the U.S.is "not trying to constrain China's growth".

Trump has demanded that the Chinese take steps to narrow the country's trade surplus with the USA and also cease trade practices that he maintains have forced American companies to surrender technology if they want access to China's markets.

U.S. companies have already said they are anxious about the effect of higher costs on their businesses.

But current US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will now be in charge of enforcing the Trump administration's new tariffs.

"We have been very clear about the type of changes that need to be made, and we have given China every opportunity to treat us more fairly", Mr. Trump said in a statement Tuesday. Chinese Ministry of Commerce signalled that with the new round of tariffs, a fresh round of trade talks with the US was now uncertain. "But what the USA side has done doesn't show sincerity or goodwill".

"Both countries should stay at the negotiating table, and the US should continue working with its allies to seek alternative solutions", president and CEO Thomas Donohue said in a statement.

The group said in a comment to trade regulators on September 6 that "by raising the cost of networking products, the proposed duties would impede the development and adoption of cloud-based services and infrastructure".

The week started with early morning tweets from Trump claiming the cost increases due to the tariff spat have been "unnoticeable" and any country not making fair deals will be "tariffed".

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