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Trade war escalates as United States raises tariffs on €178bn of Chinese goods

Mnuchin Liu He Lighthizer Trade war escalates as United States raises tariffs on €178bn of Chinese goods
Conrad Doyle | 10 May, 2019, 13:44

President Donald Trump said in a tweet that he would be 'very happy with over $100 Billion a year in Tariffs filling US coffers'.

According to the Wall Street Journal "The new hard line taken by China in trade talks-surprising the White House and threatening to derail negotiations-came after Beijing interpreted recent statements and actions by President Trump as a sign the USA was ready to make concessions, said people familiar with the thinking of the Chinese side". We were getting very close to a deal and then they started to renegotiate the deal.

Nantong Port in Jiangsu Province, China.

According to Trump the duties have brought in an additional $100 billion a year paid by China and other countries, but in fact the taxes are paid by the importers, and ultimately passed on at least partially to consumers.

"We can not have that".

Sources familiar with the talks said China's latest demands for changes to a 150-page document that had been drafted over several months would make it hard to avoid the USA tariff hike on Friday. The Tariffs paid to the United States of America have had little impact on product cost, mostly borne by China.

"It's possible to do it", Trump said of the trade deal at the White House. "We won't back down until China stops cheating our workers and stealing our jobs", Trump told the Florida crowd. "I can't think of any structure in law or diplomacy that can enforce that", said James McGregor, chairman for Greater China at the government relations firm APCO Worldwide.

"But our alternative is an excellent one". Gross domestic product grew 3.8% ($197.6 billion) to $21.06 trillion at an annualized rate - up from 2.2% the previous year.

"By the way, do you see the tariffs we're doing?" "China doesn't like the self-fulfilling outflows that come as a result of depreciation, which tend to diminish domestic confidence", she said.

Liu He, China's vice premier and top trade negotiator, led the China team. It's true that the tariffs go into USA government coffers, but the cost of the tariffs are either borne by US companies or passed on to US consumers. It was supposed to take place originally on Thursday.

"They didn't comply and aren't complying with their WTO obligations, and they aren't following through on the commitments they've made repeatedly over the last decade", said trade lawyer Stephen Orava, a partner at King & Spalding.

China's Commerce Ministry warned Beijing would not "capitulate to any pressure" and threatened retaliation if United States tariffs go up to 25 per cent as scheduled on Friday - punctuating the drastic deterioration after months of seemingly collegial talks. "I did get last night a very attractive letter from President Xi".

Trump said he'd received "a handsome letter" from Chinese President Xi Jinping. Later he quoted Xi as saying in the letter: "Let's work together, let's see if we can get something done". Chinese markets were on midday break when the higher tariffs took effect.

In each of the seven chapters of the draft trade deal, China had deleted its commitments to change laws to resolve core complaints that caused the United States to launch a trade war: Theft of US intellectual property and trade secrets; forced technology transfers; competition policy; access to financial services; and currency manipulation.

"I'm different than a lot of people". We've been paying China USD500 billion a year for many, many years.

"They couldn't have done what they're doing". Fighter jets. I respect it.

China says it hopes the two countries can meet each other halfway and make joint efforts to solve the existing problems through cooperation and consultation. "Not just Obama; long before Obama".

"It is highly unlikely that after months and months of negotiations, that suddenly over the course of two days all these trade issues could be resolved".

American officials also want Beijing to reduce subsidies they say violate Chinese free-trade pledges and to narrow its multibillion-dollar trade surplus with the United States. "And if it is, we're going to have to reprice those goods on that container".

It went on to explain that China wouldn't make concessions because the United States has been a bully.

Gao did not answer directly when asked if China would consider imposing tariffs on imported US services. The White House statement said they also "had a working dinner with Vice Premier Liu He" who is leading the Chinese delegation.

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