Where the Trade Battle Hurts the Most


China has said it will not "fire the first shot" in a trade war with the United States, but its customs agency made clear on Thursday that Chinese tariffs on American goods would take effect immediately after US duties on Chinese goods are put in place. This figure is nearly the total sum the US imported from China in 2017.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross this week criticized warnings that the tariffs could stifle global economic growth as "premature and probably quite inaccurate".

The European Union, India, China and Russian Federation all have applied to the World Trade Organization to challenge the US tariffs, which mostly took effect March 23. According to tariff supporters, this can help to save jobs that might otherwise go overseas. He noted that the new Russian tariffs will only allow a partial compensation of $87.6 million.

Wall Street is well conditioned to ignore the often hyperbolic words of US President Donald Trump, and on Friday investors shrugged off comments that his administration is ready to massively escalate a tariff battle that began in earnest on Friday.

US customs officials will begin collecting an additional 25 percent tariff on imports from China of goods ranging from farming plows to semiconductors and airplane parts.

He said farmers have spent the past several decades working to gain access to worldwide markets. No exact date was given. The tariffs on the European Union went into force on June 1. "In the end, either the demand will be cut or the prices will be lifted in the USA market". That study also found US soybean production could decline by 15 percent.

He said exports often consist of pig parts not in demand domestically, such as offal, and that China's huge population and demand for pork represents an opportunity for US producers. The administration contends that US industrial leadership will be eroded by Beijing's strong-armed drive to achieve technological supremacy in such fields as robotics, biotech and artificial intelligence.

China's tariffs on hundreds of USA goods include top exports such as soybeans and cotton.

"After the U.S. activated its tariff measures against China, China's measures against the United States took effect immediately", said Lu Kang, a foreign ministry spokesman.

In trade disputes between Japan and the United States during the 1980s and 1990s, Tokyo was targeted by the same so-called Section 301 investigation that Washington is now using against China to determine what it says are forced technology transfers to Beijing that burden or restrict US commerce.

"Trade war is never a solution", Li said at a news briefing with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in Sofia.

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Tokyo closed 1.1% higher, but Hong Kong fell 0.5% in late trading.

When Donald Trump became US President he promised to "Make America Great Again".

The big question is how far the hostilities between Washington and Beijing will go.

With only $130 billion in U.S. imports to retaliate against, Beijing has said it will take "qualitative" and "quantitative" measures against the United States, triggering fears it could cripple the operations of USA multinationals in China. The U.S. levies mostly target China's industrial goods and some electronic components.

Chinese officials reject accusations they steal or force foreign companies to hand over technology.

"If they can't, they'll pass on as much of the tariff cost as they can, or see a cut in margins".

Why is the United States imposing tariffs?

Trump has already complicated relations with allies over trade by raising import duties on steel, aluminum and autos from Europe, Canada, Mexico and Japan.

"This is a potential concern for the outlook of corporate investment and consumption around world", Hui said.

The official newspaper China Daily accused the Trump administration of "behaving like a gang of hoodlums" who could do damage to the global economy unless other countries stop them. Clearly damaging for the world economy. "The real battle will be on the flanks", in unnecessary inspections, quarantines, and heightened scrutiny, said James Zimmerman, a partner in the Beijing office of Perkins Cole LLP, an worldwide law firm, the Post reported.

"Increased tensions in the US-China economic relationship will negatively impact ... operations in China", William Zarit, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, said in a statement Friday. "That's the nature of trade wars as well, and while no one is likely to win this confrontation, both sides could certainly lose". Companies want fairer treatment but will be hurt by U.S.