USA soybean farmers say China tariffs could result in ‘serious damage’

U.S. cargo ship carrying soybeans in race to beat China's retaliatory tariffs

USA soybean farmers say China tariffs could result in ‘serious damage’

The U.S. and China launched the opening salvos in a burgeoning trade war yesterday in a move that already has MA businesses fearing the collateral damage. Chinese tariffs are meant to hit United States producers of aircraft, cars, soybeans and other farm goods.

Retaliatory measures by China also include taxes on imports of a variety of USA dairy products.

It added that instead of "serving the interests of U.S. companies and people, the move will prove to be counter-productive and damaging". He also acknowledged the multi-hundred billion dollar USA trade deficit with China.

Even though neither Lu nor the Chinese Commerce ministry gave details about the scales of tariffs, Beijing has plans to slap punishing levies 545 U.S. products worth $34 billion a year that range from soybeans and lobsters to sport utility vehicles and whiskey.

Washington-based think tank the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) expects U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods, which it says particularly target computers and electronics, to hurt multinationals more than China as well as other firms in Asia.

The US had announced imposition of 25 and 10 percent tariffs on steel and aluminium respectively on three of its biggest trading partners - Canada, Mexico and the European Union on May 31. China initially named cranberries as one of the products they would tax, a move aimed at House Speaker Paul Ryan's district in Wisconsin.

"If this ends at $34 billion, it will have a marginal effect on both economies, but if it escalates to $500 billion like Trump said, then it's going to have a big impact for both countries", said Feixiang. That conjures the image of this being a cool, calm, collected game of chess on both sides: Washington and Beijing.

China's tariff actions in response took effect at 12:01 Beijing, state news agency Xinhua reported, citing an unidentified official from the General Administration of Customs.

China's ministry of commerce said Trump had started "the largest trade war in history". "You tax soybean exports at 25-percent, and you have serious damage to USA farmers".

Foreign companies accounted for $20 billion, or 59%t, of the $34 billion of exports from China that would be subject to new USA tariffs, with US firms accounting for a significant part of that 59 percent, Gao said.

The Trump administration accuses China of building its emerging industrial dominance by "stealing the crown jewels" of American technological know-how through cyber-theft, forced transfers of intellectual property, state-sponsored corporate acquisitions and other underhand practices.

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The long-threatened tariffs went into effect on Friday as months of dialogue between the world's two largest economies failed to reach a solution or lessen Washington's outrage over its current trade imbalance with the Asian giant.

Dave Warner, a spokesman for the National Pork Producers Council, said pork producers have already seen the value of their pigs fall after a previous Chinese tariff.

But if the trade war continues into the spring of 2019, the owners of thousands of smaller farms, many handed down from generation to generation, could face tough decisions, pitting their pocketbooks against the president's policies.

Policy Research Institute executive director Ahsan H Mansur on Saturday told New Age that there would be some immediate impacts of global trade war on Bangladesh's economy along with short-term impacts. "We will work with other countries around the world to jointly safeguard free trade and the multilateral system".

He described the potential escalation to reporters aboard Air Force One: "Thirty-four, and then you have another 16 in two weeks and then, as you know, we have 200 billion in abeyance and then after the 200 billion we have 300 billion in abeyance. OK?"

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