What's behind the US-China trade fight

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What's behind the US-China trade fight

China is furious about that, as its commerce chief has called the proposal "ridiculous" and called it a prime example of the "deep arrogance" that America shows towards their country, which is essentially the cause of this whole trade war.

The US tariff list followed China's imposition of tariffs on $3 billion worth of US fruits, nuts, pork and wine to protest US steel and aluminium tariffs imposed last month by Trump. Late on Tuesday, the Trump administration had announced 25 per cent tariffs on $50 billion of annual imports from China, covering around 1,300 industrial technology, transport and medical products.

China is the world's largest soybean market. We are very, very dependent on exports. "It's going to take a lot to derail this economy". The U.S. measures were not for maintaining national security, as Washington has said, but rather were in aid of trade protectionism, the ministry said. But that had already begun to change.

Washington is trying to promote technology exports to offset its imports from China and support higher-paying jobs.

"Sales from Brazil would normally end around September and it's usually US beans between October to March". The agency said it chose products to minimize the impact on the US economy and consumers.

As Walid Hejazi, professor of worldwide business at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Business, points out, in some respects history may be repeating itself.

Kroeber said a united front against China would be more effective than USA tariffs alone, but so far Trump has not managed to build one.

Trump imposed the first set of tariffs on Chinese goods to punish the country for intellectual property theft that he says has caused the US economic damage. China has a "Belt and Road" plan to diversify its exports.

The risks of a trade war are clearly rising and "all equities are vulnerable", says Alex Newman in the Investors Chronicle.

"This is not a trade war yet".

Kelly says the tariffs will mean that a lot of pork previously destined for China will instead stay here in the US, flooding the market and making pork even cheaper than it is already.

As economic commentator Martin Wolf recently pointed out in London's Financial Times, "consumption is at last becoming the most important driver of demand in the Chinese economy". In 25 years China has transformed itself into a technological powerhouse, filing for more patents than any other country.

Washington's move, broadly flagged in March, is aimed at forcing Beijing to address what Washington says is deeply entrenched theft of US intellectual property and forced technology transfer from USA companies to Chinese competitors, charges Chinese officials deny.

China's commerce ministry said on Thursday it has initiated a WTO dispute resolution procedure over USA tariffs on its imports of steel and aluminum. It was also committed to safeguarding multilateral trade, and promoting trade and investment liberalization.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC that the USA and China are "not actually not in a trade war" but may be in the beginning of one.

"Concerning the USA statement, China will not only listen to the words but also watch the deeds", the spokesman added. Trump's taxes on power-generating equipment will hurt companies that build and operate power plants, while raising prices for electricity consumers.

It was announced Monday morning that China raised import tariffs on US -produced pork and fruit, as well as other products. Wang says that could be harder.

Chinese factories assemble most of the world's smartphones, computers and consumer electronics. When the Chinese purchase U.S. Treasury bonds TMUBMUSD10Y, -0.72%, it helps our federal government fund its military and other operations with lower borrowing costs.

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