China cuts USA investments by 92% amid escalating trade war

Posted June 21, 2018

Donald Trump's threat to impose tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese imports could cut as much as half a percentage point from the nation's economic growth, according to economists. The Chinese government is becoming increasingly impatient, speaking of "extreme pressure and blackmail".

The potential tariffs announced by Trump come as the USA and China both announced plans to impose tariffs on up to $50 billion worth of goods imported from the other country.

While the $50 billion in tariffs already announced on Friday were mainly on industrial goods, the broader move would push up prices for toys, tools, t-shirts and a lot more for USA shoppers.

Companies that do a lot of business in China were among the biggest losers on the Dow on Tuesday.

Russia's economic development minister revealed Tuesday that his government was prepared to side with China in a burgeoning global trade war with the U.S.

It's the most radical step Trump has taken so far in his efforts to redress the USA trade deficit with China. Here's what a full-blown global trade war might look like. For example, let's say for arguments sake that a 10% tariff is placed on the iPhone. On Monday, Trump responded with another round of tariffs. That might cut into demand for the device, acting as an extra tax on US consumers, but it would protect Apple's profit margins on its popular smartphone line.

The survey was conducted in February and March, before the latest escalation in U.S.

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The United States and China edged closer Tuesday to triggering a trade war, with President Donald Trump signaling skepticism that talks with China would help end the disagreement.

Volume on US exchanges was 7.12 billion shares, compared to the 6.95 billion average for the full session over the last 20 trading days.

If the tariffs the two countries have threatened to impose on imports take effect, their consumers would have to pay higher retail prices.

Shares of planemaker Boeing, which have acted as a proxy for US - China tensions in recent months as it is the single largest US exporter to the country, fell 2.1 per cent US "premarket" moves. Those tariffs were matched by China's threat to penalize on US exports, a move that drew the president's ire.

Washington and European companies alike have long voiced concern about trade policies in China that protect domestic companies and State Owned Enterprises through subsidies, regulatory barriers and unequal treatment. "The reforms are needed for China to maintain stable and sustainable growth". In response to the tariffs, which Washington introduced as part of its Section 301 investigation into Beijing's intellectual property policies, China announced that it would begin levying additional tariffs worth 25 percent on $34 billion worth of USA goods on July 6 as well. In a forceful statement, it said Beijing was ready to "defend the interests of the Chinese people and enterprises".

Shares of Boeing, which has acted as a proxy for trade war tensions with China as it is the single largest USA exporter to the country, fell 3.2 percent, weighing the most on the Dow.

Nevertheless, the Trump administration could place import taxes on iPhone units as they are brought into the be sold to consumers. There are no elections coming up for President Xi Jinping. The fact that America imports more from China will make it harder for Beijing to match Trump's attacks, according to Derek Scissors, a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute in Washington who focuses on China. The Trump administration, they said, has forgotten an important lesson from the Great Depression. China threatened to retaliate, leading Trump to propose broader penalties.

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