Does Trump want a trade divorce from China? Some think so

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin invited top Chinese officials to a new round of talks last week, but thus far nothing has been scheduled.

"If the United States launches any new tariff measures, China will have to take countermeasures to firmly ensure our legitimate rights and interests", foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters during a regular press briefing on Monday. "We deeply regret this".

The Trump administration is imposing tariffs on $200 billion United States more in Chinese goods starting next week, escalating a trade war between the world's two biggest economies and raising prices on consumer goods ranging from handbags to bicycle tires.

Trump accused China in a pair of tweets Tuesday of targeting American workers in the heartland, wrongly saying the country had "openly stated" it was aiming to sway US elections.

"China has openly stated that they are actively trying to impact and change our election by attacking our farmers, ranchers and industrial workers due to their loyalty to me", Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

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Turkey has in turn hiked tariffs on imports of several USA products such as rice, alcohol, leaf tobacco , cosmetics and cars. If China does retaliate, Trump threatened Monday to add a further $267 billion in Chinese imports to the target list.

Trump also has complained about America's massive trade deficit - $336 billion past year - with China, its biggest trading partner. Instead, Trump wants to force American companies out of China and decouple the two nations' economies, some political analysts say.

With the latest tariff escalation, American consumers could start feeling the cost in everyday goods. Trump added that if the Beijing government retaliates, he would pursue tariffs on another $267 billion in imports.

The American Chamber of Commerce in China warned Tuesday that Washington is underestimating Beijing's determination to fight back.

The latest round of tariffs is the biggest so far, imposing higher taxes on almost 6,000 items.

"Tariffs have put the U.S. in a very strong bargaining position, with billions of dollars, and jobs, flowing into our country - and yet cost increases have thus far been nearly unnoticeable", Trump said on Twitter.

'We have always maintained that the only correct means to resolve the trade dispute is through dialogue and consultation on an equal basis with mutual trust and respect, ' responded China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.

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The US also chose to remove at least one category where China accounted for no exports a year ago and is not expected to account for any in the near future: electrical energy. It was expected to affect $34 billion worth of goods. "As a result, tariffs will ultimately reduce the economic benefit we generate for the United States".

This comes after President Trump proposed tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports.

"We deeply regret this", said a Commerce Ministry statement.

Chinese authorities have yet to confirm what steps aside from retaliatory tariffs they might take.

Smith noted that FedEx doesn't do much business in China.

Speaking at the White House, Trump promised "some very positive news" and said that "it will be a lot of money coming into the coffers". "However, it will also hurt China itself".

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Mr Kudlow told Fox Business News on Wednesday that US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin "has apparently issued an invitation". But 2018 imports from China through July were up almost 9 percent over the same period of 2017, according to U.S.

Trump also proclaimed the US steel industry the 'talk of the World'. He predicted a "painful few years" ahead for businesses.

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