U.S., China hike tariffs as trade war intensifies

Trump's tariffs on $200 bn of Chinese imports kick

U.S., China hike tariffs as trade war intensifies

The US is imposing tariffs on an additional $US200 billion worth of Chinese imports starting Monday, on top of the $US50 billion in goods already hit with tariffs.

The rate will increase to 25 percent by the end of the year. Negotiations "cannot be implemented under the threat of application of tariffs".

Moody's said on Monday additional USA tariffs on Chinese imports are negative for various sectors in both countries and could spread beyond targeted sectors, adding that tariffs are credit negative for US furniture & home goods retailers, with more than half their imports coming from china previous year.

China's leaders offered to narrow their politically sensitive, multibillion-dollar trade surplus with the United States by purchasing more natural gas and other American exports. "We remain open to continuing discussions with China, but China must meaningfully engage on the unfair trading practices".

China doesn't appear to be backing down from its ongoing trade war with the U.S. But the latest round of mutual tariffs shows the country is going to have to look for new avenues if it wants to keep up the fight.

If the president follows through on the escalation threat, US tariffs would cover all goods the nation imported from China a year ago, risking an escalating conflict that could upend the supply chains of multinational companies.

After the latest round of tariffs came into affect the value of Chinese goods coming into the ambit of Trump's new duties stood at $250 billion with a potential to reach a total of $512 billion.

It stresses that the USA has repeatedly intimidated other countries, particularly China, through economic measures such as tariffs.

Production is dropping in some OPEC countries - like Iran, which is crippled by USA sanctions - and there is only so much that other nations, like Saudi Arabia, can do without shaking the balance of power in the cartel.

Even so, Fu Ziying, China's worldwide trade representative and vice minister of commerce, said that as far as China is concerned, the door to solving bilateral trade tensions with the US through negotiations remains open, although he warned that these could not undermine the country's development.

Wang, who led a Chinese delegation to Washington for the last round of talks with officials from the U.S. Treasury Department on August 22-23, blamed the U.S. for a breakdown in negotiations.

And President Donald Trump has threatened even more tariffs on Chinese goods - another $267 billion worth of duties that would cover virtually all the goods China imports to the United States. "We wouldn't be negotiating or having consultations on an equal footing".

A White Paper issued yesterday by the State Council, China's chief administrative authority, blasted the Trump administration for the rapid escalation of the increasingly ruinous trade dispute between both countries.

But China was able to compensate for the economic impact of the trade war at home, mainly by boosting domestic demand and improving the environment for private businesses, the officials said.

America has defended its policy, saying it is responding to Chinese state backing if its industries, which goes against worldwide trade rules.

What comes in here now is going to be more expensive because government is putting a tariff on it. Although the response was not as strict as what USA is doing, it means that China is replying.

As the fight intensifies, China is running out of USA imports for retaliation.

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