How a US-China trade war could hurt us all

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Experts are of the opinion that this trade war could push the global economy into chaos.

China has imposed tariffs of 25 percent on hundreds of American products in retaliation for USA duties on Chinese goods.

The United States accuses China of using predatory tactics in a push to supplant USA technological dominance. These tactics include cyber-theft and requiring American companies to hand over technology in exchange for access to China's market.

China on Friday struck back against U.S. President Donald Trump's trade offensive, intensifying the expanding and unpredictable dispute between the world's two largest economies.

Trump imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on imported aluminum from several countries. The damage would threaten to undo numerous economic benefits of last year's tax cuts.

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Chinese stocks have taken a beating in recent weeks, and are down more than 16% this year, as concerns about the trade war have mingled with worries about China's ability to control its debt and maintain growth.

German newspaper Handelsblatt reported that a USA official has met with German carmakers to discuss impending American tariffs on auto imports from the European Union. "These tariffs could mean the difference between a profit and a loss for an entire year's worth of work out in the field, and that's only in the near term".

Gao said China's foreign trade was expected to continue on a stable path in the second half of the year, though investors fear a full-blown Sino-American trade war would deal a blow to Chinese exports and its economy. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was little changed at 24,340.

That would bring the total of targeted Chinese goods to potentially $550 billion which is more than the $506 billion in goods that China shipped to the U.S. past year.

So let's mark the start of the conflict with a collection of some of the most illuminating quotes from the Chinese and American camps-bear in mind that the Chinese administration's views are generally expressed through state media-and from observers of the spat, who are anxious about where this will go.

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China already has announced it will respond in kind on the same schedule as the United States while President Donald Trump has countered with a threat to double down by progressively racketing U.S. penalties up to a total of $450 billion in goods - which would represent the lion's share of all of China's exports to the United States. Some American companies that rely on Chinese-made machinery or parts, for example, will eventually have to pass along at least some of their higher costs to customers.

The biggest impact will likely be seen in sales of the next USA crop, which will come to market in September.

"It looks more like a self-initiated market rebound", said a Shanghai-based hedge fund manager, who declined to be identified. Chick-fil-A uses the cooker for its sandwiches. Other media carried similar reports. However, I think he's wrong for talking about the trade imbalance.

Consider what happened to the price of washing machines that were subjected to a separate series of Trump tariffs in January. "The trade war ends when things collapse on Trump and the USA has to reposition" its strategy toward China, said Rufus Yerxa, a trade negotiator in Republican and Democratic administrations who now heads the free-trade National Foreign Trade Council, to The Wall street Journal.

Prices are rising, especially for steel and aluminium, and companies are starting to feel reticent about investments or planning to shift production overseas to avoid retaliation against US exports.

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