Published: Sat, June 16, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Trump slaps China with $50 billion in trade tariffs on imports


Trump said the 25 percent tariff is supported by a report from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative that found China's trade practices related to technology and intellectual property are discriminatory and burden the U.S. economy. That's why Trump thinks the US trade deficit is so large.

The country's Commerce Ministry said China will apply tariffs on U.S. goods at the "same scale and the same strength".

Boeing garnered about 12.8 per cent of its 2017 revenues from China and is frequently seen as among the more vulnerable USA multinationals to an all-out trade war. And that's what has our trading partners so unnerved.

"While obviously more details are needed, this outline represents the kind of actions we have needed to take for a long time", Schumer said then, "but the president must stick with it and not bargain it away". "China is a powerful guardian and has enough ammunition to defend existing trade rules and fairness".

Washington has also completed a second list of possible tariffs on another US$100 billion of Chinese goods, in the expectation that China will respond to the initial United States tariff list in kind, sources said.

That doesn't appear to bhave deterred Beijing.

The tariffs will also be applied to autos and aquatic products.

As part of the tariff announcement this morning, the White House promised to "pursue additional tariffs if China engages in retaliatory measures, such as imposing new tariffs on United States goods, services, or agricultural products".

The tariffs are the latest chapter in the ongoing trade conflict between the two countries. Other companies say the approval process for licences has slowed down.

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Thomas Donohue is president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. They are also unlikely to "protect American jobs".

Wall Street has viewed the escalating trade tensions with wariness, fearful that they could strangle the economic growth achieved during Trump's watch and undermine the benefits of the tax cuts he signed into law a year ago. The agreement allows Washington to impose an additional $400 million fine or other penalties if ZTE violates the deal.

Trade between the two countries "has been very unfair, for a very long time", Trump said, adding that "this situation is no longer sustainable".

The tariffs were in response to complaints that China requires or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.

Critics cautioned the president's decision could spark a trade war between Beijing and Washington, but Trump said the war was lost years ago. Among the affected $16 billion in US goods include crude oil, natural gas, coal and some refined oil products.

"Given the frequent flip-flopping of the Donald Trump administration, it is still too early to conclude that a trade war will start", the editorial said, adding that China's stance had been consistent. Another wave of tariffs against thousands of Chinese goods-not to mention the retaliatory tariffs from China-will do further damage to American farms and businesses.

And he warned that any retaliation by Beijing would trigger another round of tariffs on Chinese goods.

"The mentality of the Trump team is a little odd", said Andrew Polk, co-founder of research firm Trivium China in Beijing. They view plans for state-led development of companies capable of competing globally in fields including electric cars, renewable energy and biotech as a route to prosperity and to restore China to its rightful role as a world leader.

"We grow more than we can use [domestically]", said Blue Earth County corn and soybean farmer Kevin Paap, president of the Minnesota Farm Bureau.

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