'We Are Right Where We Want to Be With China'

Wednesday, 15 May, 2019

All in all, a year ago the United States imported $13.8 billion in jewelry, $23.9 billion in gem diamonds. and $3.8 billion in gemstones. "But the latest tariff escalation is far too great a gamble for the US economy".

"At no time will China forfeit the country's respect, and no one should expect China to swallow bitter fruit that harms its core interests", China's top newspaper, the ruling Communist Party's official People's Daily, said in a commentary.

This despite Trump's tweeted warning that "China should not retaliate-will only get worse!"

The China trade war with the US has escalated in recent days, with both countries announcing new tariffs on each other's goods. But so far "the expected countermeasures haven't yet materialized", Kudlow said on Fox News Sunday.

Lifting his steel tariffs or any of those he has aimed at China already seems increasingly hard for Trump.

Frazzled by the uncertainty, shares sank Monday across the globe.

United States equities fell sharply at the trade opening, with the S&P 500 Index and Dow Jones Industrial Average both falling more than two percent, as of 15:00 GMT.

Markets began Monday with a sharp plunge after China said it would hike import tariffs on US goods, a retaliation for the Trump White House's increase last week.

Apple would need to boost its iPhone prices by 14 percent to offset the impact of a 25 percent tariff, according to J.P. Morgan. A 20% penalty applies to 1,078 items, 10% to 974 items and 5% to 662 items.

The ongoing trade dispute between the world's largest economies has intensified lately, adding to investor concerns.

Trump has repeatedly framed the tariffs as primarily hurting China. That has sent shockwaves through other Asian economies that supply Chinese factories.

Forecasters have warned that the US tariff hikes could set back a Chinese recovery that had appeared to be gaining traction. As the tariff announcements triggered stock market losses, Trump told reporters that he's hopeful a trade agreement with China can be reached at a G20 meeting in Japan in late June. That would pull annual growth below 6%, raising the risk of politically risky job losses.

The last round of negotiations ended Friday in Washington with no word of progress.

Economists and industry consultants, however, maintain that it is US businesses that will pay the costs and likely pass them on to consumers.

Trump said in another Twitter post that the trade war would not have a significant impact on USA trade. But he said there were no "definite plans". Among the major hurdles to a congressional vote to ratify his renegotiated version of the North American Free Trade Agreement are the steel and aluminum tariffs that Trump imposed on products coming from Canada and Mexico. "It is no big deal". China responded Monday by announcing it would raise tariffs on a swath of American imports.

Despite the retaliation, Beijing also appeared to give time to find a resolution by setting the June 1 date for those increases to take effect. Hopefully China will do us the honor of continuing to buy our great farm product, the best, but if not your Country will be making up the difference based on a very high China buy.This money will come from the massive Tariffs being paid to the United States for allowing China, and others, to do business with us.