China Has Lodged a Complaint Against US to WTO Over Tariffs

Wednesday, 04 Sep, 2019

The Chinese government's narcotics vice-commissioner has rejected claims from USA authorities and President Donald Trump that China is the main source of fentanyl to the United States.

The International Monetary Fund in July further reduced its world growth outlook, already the lowest since the financial crisis, amid the uncertainty from the trade conflict.China's retaliation took effect as of 12:01 p.m. Sunday in Beijing, with higher tariffs being rolled out in stages on a total of about $75bn of USA goods. More than 160 industry groups have condemned new tariffs on China and the escalation of the trade war.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on August 27 issued a written response to the first dispute case filed by China at the WTO, asserting that the U.S. was justified in its "sovereign right" to impose Section 301 tariffs in response to China's theft and unfair acquisition of technology and intellectual property. They declined to give their names.

Tariffs of 10 percent and 5 percent apply to items ranging from frozen sweet corn and pork liver to marble and bicycle tires. If those duties take effect, virtually all goods from China will be covered.

Trump's new tariffs are unlikely to have little more than a marginal effect on the Chinese economy.

Beijing has said it would retaliate by targeting $75 billion in United States goods, beginning in part on September 1.

China and the United States have only "limited" cooperation in stopping fentanyl smuggling, a Chinese narcotics official was quoted as saying on Tuesday, after complaints China isn't doing enough to help fight an opioid crisis in the United States.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told "Fox News Sunday" that Trump was right to confront China, but "unfortunately, he's done it the wrong way. One country can't take on China to try to dry up its overcapacity because they just send it through to you in other ways", he said.

China's economic growth will likely slow to 5.7 per cent in the last quarter of 2019 and remain broadly at that pace in 2020, even with increased stimulus from policy makers, according to Oxford Economics. The study was done before Trump raised the September 1 and December 15 tariffs to 15 percent from 10 percent. With existing general duties on autos taken into account, the total tariff charged on US -made cars would be as high as 50 per cent. Well, that turned out to be true as the U.S Trade Representative initially stated that products like phones, laptop, and consoles will be levied with 10% extra tariff. As consumer spending is the major driver of the U.S. economy - responsible for 75% of gross domestic product (GDP) growth - analysts predict the new tariffs will contribute to the slowdown.

According to a survey released last month by the U.S.

And the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index fell the most since December 2012.

But he said reality could begin to bite with Sunday's new round of tariffs.

Some retailers may eat the tariffs.