Price Of Trump's Tariffs Has Fallen "Wholly" On US Businesses, Households

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President Donald Trump"Tariff Man."Kevin Dietsch Pool via Bloomberg

US President Donald Trump said his tariffs on Chinese goods are causing companies to move production out of China to Vietnam and other countries in Asia, and added that any agreement with China can not be a "50-50" deal.

Until the blowup of the past week, the two countries appeared to be making progress.

On Thursday, China Central Television replaced a programme about the ongoing Asian Film and TV Week with a 1964 Chinese movie on the Korean War, "Heroic Sons and Daughters".

Despite the tit-for-tat tariff moves, the two sides kept up attempts at talks, with a Chinese delegation arriving in Washington even after Chinese officials concluded the talks would not be substantive.

Cloudier than they were.

Investors added up the costs of higher tariffs on Chinese and USA goods as well as the effects of severe US restrictions on China's Huawei Technologies for the US technology sector, sharply driving down shares of suppliers Qualcomm, Micron Technology and Broadcom Inc. Both countries still have an incentive to reach a deal.

"The United States will no longer tolerate any foreign nations gaining unfair advantages on American industries by stealing or forcing the transfer of our companies' technology or intellectual property, subsidizing their exporters, illegally dumping products into our markets, and building excessive and unnecessary capacity", Trump's proclamation stated.

Leading analysts downgraded their assessments for several microchip companies in the wake of the move against Huawei, which was the world's third largest purchaser of semiconductors past year.

For business leaders, it added, Trump's Twitter statement that "there is no reason for the US Consumer to pay the Tariffs" fails to resonate.

The yearlong trade dispute with China escalated earlier this month as talks deadlocked. At a recent campaign rally in Florida, Mr. Trump joked that he would love to watch Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigeig, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., take on the Chinese. But he, too, faces pressure not to cave in to American demands. Yet, bridging the gap between the two countries on trade and other bilateral issues may this time be harder, especially if Chinese President Xi Jinping loses patience with President Trump and decides to increase the stand-off between them rather than end it. The higher Chinese tariffs don't kick in until June 1.

"It is regrettable that the USA side unilaterally escalated trade disputes, which resulted in severe negotiating setbacks", he further emphasized. The United States agreed to lift import taxes on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum.

While Trump expects the higher tariffs will force China into striking a deal, an agreement is not anticipated anytime soon.

"Aren't we exhausted of being ripped off?" he said. By lifting the tariffs, Trump gave the USMCA a better chance in Congress.

Ely Ratner, the director of studies at the Center for a New American Security, told The Washington Post that the failure to reach a trade deal could see the United States unleash "harsher measures" against China.

Meanwhile Toyota Motor Corp. issued a rare rebuke of the United States president on Friday after he declared that some auto sector imports were a threat to the American national security.

Cars for export and import are stored in front of containers on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the harbor in Bremerhaven, Germany, with 2 million vehicles per annum one of the largest automobile hubs in the world. That plan will be presented to President Donald Trump in the coming days, and he says that the Commander-in-Chief wants to do all he can to back up American farmers.

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