Thursday, 25 April, 2019


Trump's China Trade War Just Escalated by $16 Billion

Conrad Doyle | 08 August, 2018, 23:15

The surplus with the United States was higher than China's overall trade surplus in July, which was $28.05 billion, indicating China ran a net trade deficit with the world excluding the U.S.

This round of tariffs is the second to be imposed under the Trump administration, following an earlier round in which $34 billion of Chinese imports saw altered charges starting July 6th.

Sales at 50 major Chinese retailers fell by 3.9 per cent in July from a year earlier, raising concerns over whether Beijing can push through its plan to ramp up domestic consumption to offset the effects of the intensifying US-China trade war.

"This is a very unreasonable practice", the Chinese commerce ministry said of the USA action on Wednesday as it rolled out China's counter-tariffs.

John Neuffer, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association, said: "We have made the case to the administration, in the strongest possible terms, that tariffs imposed on semiconductors imported from China will hurt America's..."

China's exports growth unexpectedly accelerated in July despite fresh US tariffs, while its trade surplus with the United States remained near record highs as Beijing and Washington ramped up a bitter dispute that has rattled financial markets.

This round of tariffs is open to public comment until September 6th. Year-on-year, the growth of China's exports to the USA slowed to 11 percent last month from 12.5 percent in June, while import growth accelerated to 11 percent from 9 percent.

It has not yet given a date for its previously announced retaliatory tariffs on $16 billion in United States goods, which will target commodities such as crude oil, natural gas, coal and some refined oil products.

It will be the second time the USA slaps duties on Chinese goods in about the past month, despite complaints by American companies that such moves will raise business costs and eventually consumer prices. Tariffs would make USA oil uncompetitive in China.

Over the weekend, Trump said he had the upper hand in the trade war, while Beijing responded through state media by saying it was ready to endure the economic fallout.

China uses joint venture requirements, foreign investment restrictions, and administrative review and licensing processes to require or pressure technology transfer from US companies.

The move is the latest escalation of President Donald Trump's trade war with China.

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