Trump warns China not to retaliate against tariff hike

Tuesday, 14 May, 2019

China has made a decision to impose tariffs of 25 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent on certain US products starting June 1, announced the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council in a statement issued Monday.

China plans tariff hikes on $60 billion of US imports after the Trump administration on Friday raised tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports from 10% to 25%.

Trump has also now ordered Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to begin the process of raising tariffs on essentially all remaining imports from China, valued around $300 billion.

The Chinese response was announced soon after Trump warned Beijing not to retaliate.

Kudlow also said that President Donald Trump's plan to raise US tariffs on Chinese goods across the board could take months to take effect.

"There are no further negotiations scheduled between the U.S. and China though Kudlow has said that China has invited Mnuchin and Lighthizer to Beijing for further talks".

China's foreign ministry had earlier said the country will never surrender to external pressure after Washington renewed threat to impose tariffs on all Chinese imports in an escalating trade dispute.

Taking into account all current tariffs, and all threatened tariffs - from both the U.S. and foreign countries - the Tax Foundation found that long-run U.S. GDP would be reduced by 0.75 percent - or $187.9 billion - offsetting almost 50 percent of the benefits that the group expected to result from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. "That's why China wants to make a deal so badly!" he said.

Mr. Kudlow acknowledged that Americans will feel the brunt of consequences from the tariffs, in having to pay high taxes on Chinese goods.

"Many Chinese scholars are discussing the possibility of dumping US Treasuries and how to do it specifically".

"In the meantime, the United States has imposed Tariffs on China, which may or may not be removed depending on what happens with respect to future negotiations!" "We have a very good relationship", Trump said in remarks at the White House.

"Things seemed to be taking too long, and we can't accept any backtracking", he said on "Fox News Sunday". "We're going to be meeting, as you know, at the G20 in Japan and that'll be, I think, probably a very fruitful meeting".

Trump had already hit a further $50 billion in Chinese goods with tariffs of 25 percent last summer.

Under that scenario, the renminbi was likely to fall between 5pc-6pc against the United States dollar in the coming three months, said Hanson, as a shock absorber to the economic impact of heavier tariffs.

China tried to delete commitments from a draft agreement that its laws would be changed to enact new policies on issues from intellectual property protection to forced technology transfers. "Copying a USA expression-wait and see", Geng said when asked about the impact of Friday's tariff increases.

The US leader began the standoff a year ago because of complaints about unfair Chinese trade practices.

Other US companies with large China operations suffered big declines, including Apple, down 5.3pc, Caterpillar, down 4.3pc, Deere & Company, down 5.2pc, General Motors, down 3.2pc and Starbucks, down 2.2pc.