China Says U.S. Has Started ‘Biggest Trade War’ in History

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures next to Chinese President Xi Jinping in Berlin

The United States will also impose 25 percent tariffs on another $16 billion in Chinese exports later this summer, something Beijing also said will not go unpunished.

Hikaru Sato at Daiwa Securities said markets had already factored in the impact of the first round of tariffs. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., highlighted further uncertainty caused by the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

"Millions of American jobs depend on America's ability to trade with other countries", the chamber said in a recent statement.

China today struck back against US President Donald Trump's trade offensive, intensifying the expanding and unpredictable dispute between the world's two largest economies.

Because of this first round of hostilities, American businesses and, ultimately, consumers could end up paying more for such Chinese-made products as construction equipment and other machinery.

The president's tariffs, the PIIE's researchers conclude, are "a prime example of 20th century tools aimed at the knowledge-embodying trade flows of the 21st century".

China has promised to respond with additional tariffs on USA goods. "Generally, these things are lose-lose propositions for both sides in a trade war".

The EU, stung by the steel tariffs, has launched retaliatory tariffs worth $3.4bn on a wide variety of products, including whiskey, Levi's jeans and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. "In a last-ditch social media effort", some soy farmers posted images of themselves and their families on social media, appealing to the president to correct his trade course.

He also acknowledged the multi-hundred billion dollar USA trade deficit with China.

President Donald Trump has threatened to extend tariffs to $US200 billion of Chinese imports (the U.S. imports around $US500 billion in goods from China each year).

In addition to Friday's tariffs and in response to China's retaliation in June, Mr Trump has ordered tariffs on $200bn worth of imports and threatened tariffs on another $200bn.

The agency said yesterday that tariffs on United States products will take effect immediately after USA tariffs on Chinese goods kick in.

The U.S. officially implemented tariffs on Chinese imports, to which China immediately retaliated to with levies of its own.

Stock investors had been bracing for weeks for Washington and Beijing to place the tariffs on $34 billion of each other's goods, and share prices were occasionally hurt by escalations in rhetoric along the way, with certain sectors taking a bigger hit than others as traders avoided companies seen taking the heaviest blows.

Trump and his advisers argue the tariffs are necessary to pressure China into abandoning unfair practices such as stealing intellectual property and forcing American companies to hand over valuable technology.

Trade tensions have also been rising ahead of the US midterm elections in November, when Democrats appear primed to gain seats in the House and possibly a majority.

Beijing had earlier released a target list of $34bn worth of imported U.S. goods including autos and agricultural products also faced 25 percent tariffs.

The US trade deficit in goods with China stood at a record $375 billion in 2017.

Mark O'Neill, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, told The Morning Call that tariffs on agricultural products could have a real impact on the bottom line of farmers nationally and in Pennsylvania.

China said it would respond with measures of a "corresponding number and quality" if the United States produced a list of products that could be hit.

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