Trump imposes tariffs on $200B more of Chinese goods

The Donald Trump administration is for the first time publicly planning for a trade spat that drags into 2019 and possibly beyond

The Donald Trump administration is for the first time publicly planning for a trade spat that drags into 2019 and possibly beyond

The Trump administration is imposing tariffs on $200 billion U.S. more in Chinese goods starting next week, escalating a trade war between the world's two biggest economies and raising prices on consumer goods ranging from handbags to bicycle tires.

The new wave is scheduled to go into effect September 24, with tariffs starting at 10 percent before climbing to 25 percent by the end of the year.

Trump also threatened to add tariffs on about $267 billion of additional imports if China retaliates against USA farmers or other industries.

The US Trade Representative´s office eliminated about 300 product categories from the proposed tariff list, along with some subsets of other categories, but administration officials said the total value of the revised list would still be "approximately $200 billion". Trump has already imposed 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion in goods from China.

The escalation of Trump's tariffs on China comes after talks between the world's two largest economies to resolve their trade differences produced no results.

"I still don't see a resolution between China and the USA until after US mid-terms elections in November to early 2019". However, because China exports more to the USA than it imports there are limits on the amount of tariffs Beijing can impose on American goods. Some of them have criticized Mr. Trump's tactics but many echo USA complaints about Chinese market barriers and industrial strategy.

US President Donald Trump has enforced higher import taxes will apply to more than 5000 Chinese goods.

"After his list is out, then China's countermeasures will follow", Ni said.

While there are measures China can take to retaliate, it is limited by the imbalance between its exports to the USA and its imports from the U.S., which amount to only about $US130 billion a year.

Trump's tariffs on China raise costs and create uncertainty for companies that have built supply chains that span the Pacific Ocean.

President Trump made the announcement Monday in a move that is sure to ratchet up hostilities between Washington and Beijing.

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When Cohn tried, using data and history, to argue against Trump's conviction that trade deficits with other countries made the U.S. the loser, the book reports Trump as saying: "I know I'm right". And the effects are likely to grow if China retaliates again, as it has threatened to do.

Beijing has said it would unleash "qualitative" measures against the United States, which American business groups have interpreted as heightened regulations and stalled visas.

The officials said China had been given "chance after chance" to change the trade practices considered unfair to U.S. businesses, but "have remained obdurate". But it is unclear whether Beijing will agree to come to Washington with the new tariffs set to go into effect.

Tariffs on steel (of 25 percent) and aluminum (10 percent) took effect in March, raising material costs for USA manufacturers.

"Lou Jiwei's approach would feed the most hawkish sentiments in the US government", the person said, declining to be identified given the sensitivity of the matter.

"That means an average tariff increase of 1.6 percent across all imports, so tiny compared to the 1930s, when they were 20 percent", said Shane Oliver, chief economist at AMP Capital Investors in Sydney.

"They want to make a deal", Trump said.

The mood in Beijing appears increasingly resigned to a new normal of tariffs for the short term, with discussions focused more on how to manage the Trump administration's policy, rather than how to make a deal.

New Zealand faces risks rather than opportunities from the Trump administration's escalating trade war with China, Trade Minister David Parker and his National Party counterpart Todd McClay are forecasting.

Officials said they wanted to shield consumer goods from the taxes as much as possible. No items were added, the officials said.

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