Trump admin. approves $50 billion tariffs on China

Billions in new tariffs signal start of US-China 'trade war'

On Friday, Trump imposed tariffs on $50 billion of imports from China, a move that came on top of hefty duties on steel and aluminum imports implemented at the start of June.

The new US tariffs, which target almost 1,100 Chinese goods (mostly advanced industrial products), are meant to punish China for stealing USA intellectual property and other unfair trade practices. China has previously promised to respond with retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products such as cars, planes and soybeans. "Those are crown jewels for this country". "Anti-trade policies, particularly tariffs, act like a tax on consumers and businesses by raising the cost of trade".

A farmer in OH found himself in the cross hairs of a global trade war on Friday. The $50 billion in tariffs will likely mean just a tenth of a percentage point hit "at most" on annual US economic growth and a similar jump in overall consumer prices, according to data from Barclays, the British bank. Other stock averages also declined. Included are 818 items, worth $34 billion a year, from a list of 1,333 the administration had released in April. Affected products include beef, pork, poultry, fish and seafood, dairy products, vegetables, mushrooms, fruits, nuts, sorghum, other grains, soybeans, whiskey, orange juice, tobacco, and conventional, hybrid and electric passenger vehicles. But it won't impose those tariffs until it gathers public comments. A senior Trump administration official told reporters that companies will be able to apply for exclusions for Chinese imports they can not source elsewhere.

The US announced plans for tariffs this spring, after an investigation into China's intellectual property practices.

White House had earlier announced a 25 percent tariff on $50bn worth of Chinese goods over "unfair trade practices".

Still, these tariffs will impose higher costs on USA companies that use the equipment. But Trump has attacked head-on, threatening to disrupt Chinese exports. Other tariffs will be announced at a later date.

"There will be an impact on growth, in China, the United States and elsewhere", said Louis Kuijs, head of Asia Economics at Oxford Economics, in a research note.

China stated that if Washington imposed further tariffs in response, they too would take corresponding measures.

"The United States has kept changing its mind and now launched a trade war", China's Commerce Ministry said in a statement. The president threatened to raise the total if China retaliated, which it swiftly pledged to do.

"We want to trade", Davis, who also sits on the governing committee of the American Soybean Association, said. "There's not much the farmer can do right now".

"China is our real trade enemy, and their theft of intellectual property and their refusal to let our companies compete fairly threatens millions of future American jobs", Schumer said in a statement.

It said: "An escalating global trade dispute or widespread rises in import tariffs would have a marked negative impact on Germany's export oriented economy". The president has coordinated closely with China on efforts to pressure Pyongyang to eliminate its nuclear arsenal.

Boeing earned about 12.8 per cent of its 2017 revenues from China and is seen as among the United States multinationals more vulnerable to a full-on trade war.

"Any tariff or tax put in place will have a significant impact, not only to the USA soybean market but to Iowa's, because we're such a large producer", Hart told The Des Moines Register on Friday. "It not only wears away and squanders the country's reputation, but it also allows China to see more clearly the face of the Trump administration, one that is rude, unreasonable, selfish and headstrong", an editorial read. "The lobstermen obviously are concerned with trade and where they go".

Earlier on Friday, China vowed to do just that, saying it would strike back, just hours before Trump's statement. "The president's actions on China are on the money", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

The US president said the new tariffs were created to punish China for the theft of American intellectual property and technology.

Wang said the two countries had agreed to use "constructive means" to handle disagreements.

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