China Refuses to 'Surrender to External Pressure' as US Renews Tariff Threat

China Refuses to 'Surrender to External Pressure' as US Renews Tariff Threat

China Refuses to 'Surrender to External Pressure' as US Renews Tariff Threat

Both sides have indicated that future talks are likely.

China will "never yield to external pressure" and is determined to protect its rights, said Geng Shuang, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday. They are paid by importers of Chinese goods, usually American companies or the US -registered units of foreign companies. And officials have targeted American companies operating in China by slowing customs clearance and stepping up regulatory scrutiny.

Monday's claim, made in a series of tweets, is also a threat to American companies like John Deere and Caterpillar, which produce components or finished products in China. There will be nobody left in China to do business with'.

The US$325 billion of Chinese goods involve smartphones, computers and other electronic gadgets, therefore the impact on Taiwanese manufactures with operations in China could be great, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (台灣經濟研究院) Economic Forecasting Center director Gordon Sun (孫明德) said. Growth in the world's second-largest economy held steady at 6.4% over a year earlier in the latest quarter, supported by higher government spending and bank lending.

The tensions "raise fresh doubts about this recovery path", said Morgan Stanley economists in a report. For now, though, the markets tanked, the Dow Jones index plunging by 600 points at the time of writing this amid fears of a worldwide ripple effect in the days to come.

Later, Kudlow said China does not pay the tariffs, but "will suffer GDP losses and so forth with respect to a diminishing export market".

The latest talks ended with no word of progress on Friday. U.S. now accuses China of going back on its commitment. Economists say Chinese leaders probably reject that as a violation of Chinese sovereignty. Trump's new tariffs will cause every American household to spend an additional $800 annually, according to estimates from Oxford Economics. Markets in South Korea and Southeast Asia also declined. The U.S. increases apply to Chinese goods shipped since Friday, and those shipments will take about three weeks to arrive at U.S. seaports and become subject to the higher charges.

Beijing matched Trump's earlier 25% tariff on $50 billion of American goods.

China has announced it is raising tariffs on $60 billion in USA goods in retaliation for the latest penalties on its exports announced by the Trump administration. As a result, they increase costs for importers of the products and can drive up prices for consumers.

Trump has since ordered U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to begin the process of imposing tariffs on all remaining imports from China, a move that would affect another $300 billion worth of goods.

"There is nothing to be afraid of", said the party newspaper People's Daily.

President Trump has accused Democrats of failing to stop the Chinese trade juggernaut and has said the Chinese would rather negotiate with former Vice-President Joe Biden, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination to take on Trump in 2020.

"It's no big deal".

"Would be wise for them to act now, but love collecting BIG TARIFFS!" he tweeted.

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