Trump turns up the heat in trade conflict with China

Eileen GuzmanSep 08, 2018

Trump initiated the trade war to punish Beijing for what it says are China's predatory tactics to try to supplant USA technological supremacy.

Over the first eight months of the year, China's surplus with its largest export market has risen almost 15 percent, adding to tensions in the trade relationship between the world's two largest economies.

The number missed analysts' forecasts that shipments from the world's largest exporter would rise 10.1 percent, slowing only slightly from 12.2 percent in July.

"Now we've added another US$200 billion", Trump said in remarks that were initially off the record but which he later told reporters they could publish.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he has tariffs ready to go on a further $267 billion worth of Chinese imports, as the world awaits his decision on imposing levies on $200 billion worth of the Asian nation's goods.

If Mr Trump were to follow through with all his threats, his administration ultimately would impose tariffs on $517 billion of Chinese goods.

Chinese exports to the United States rose to US$44.4 billion in August, a 13.2 per cent increase from the same period previous year, according to customs data.

While no one predicted a sudden, sharp blow from USA tariffs, China's official export data has been surprisingly resilient so far, with growth exceeding analysts' expectations for five months in a row.

This new round of tariffs would bring the total imports from China subject to tariffs to more than $500 billion, or close to the total amount of goods that China exports to the U.S.

China's imports from the United States grew only 2.7 percent in August, a slowdown from 11.1 percent in July. And I hate to say that, but behind that, there's another $267 billion ready to go on short notice if I want. "That totally changes the equation".

Kudlow's comments indicated the United States is looking for a deal with China to end the trade war between the world's two biggest economies.

But businesses warn there are other ways China can strike back, through regulations and other administrative means, or even through sales of its large holdings of US Treasury debt.

"We'll continue to talk to China", he said at the White House on Wednesday. The U.S. imported US$505 billion of Chinese products in 2017, Census Bureau figures show.

The last effort at a negotiated solution came in late August with meetings between low-level officials, but nothing came of it.

Data from China's General Administration of Customs showed that exports to the USA in August jumped by 6.9 per cent from July to US$44.38 billion, but imports dropped by 0.9 per cent to US$13.3 billion.

"China will have to take necessary countermeasures if the United States side ignores the opposition of the overwhelming majority of its enterprises and adopts new tariff measures", Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said Thursday.

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