Trump seeking tariffs on $60 bln Chinese goods, targets tech, telecoms

US President Donald Trump

GETTYUS President Donald Trump signs proclamations imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium

The Trade Partnership, a consulting firm, says the tariffs would increase USA employment in the steel and aluminum sector by about 33,000 jobs but would cost 179,000 jobs in the rest of the economy. Naysayers argue tariffs will raise prices, spark a trade war, and do nothing to bolster Americas military preparedness — the official rationale for the move.

Responding to calls for exemptions, Mr Trump said the "wonderful countries" of the European Union "treat the United States very badly on trade". Should our nations victory in war hinge on them?

The news website Politico earlier reported that the U.S. Trade Representative's office had presented Trump with a package of $30 billion in tariffs last week, but Trump told aides that this was not high enough.

That move is seen by some as putting pressure on them while negotiations to amend the North America Free Trade Agreement are under way.

"Their incentive to negotiate is to head us off from a major trade conflict".

Asked to respond to Trump's accusations that the EU is imposing barriers to USA automakers, Malmstrom said that "it's hard to argue on Twitter over these issues, but the European Union is a very open market".

"Right now, half the country thinks that the president is a lunatic, and they have very little confidence in his rational approach to issues, so they are anxious about politics as an issue", said Auth. "It's very unfair." Germany was singled out as a particularly guilty nation.

When China subsidized the investment into enormous excess steel-producing capacity that could be got rid of only by dumping it on world markets, it was in effect declaring a trade war. An increase in the cost of imported steel and aluminum will likely cause price increases on finished goods.

"This is not a dispute between Europe and the United States as such. Raisins face duties of 35 percent". Under World Trade Organization rules, such counter-measures have to be in place within 90 days of the USA tariffs entering force.

If hurting Canada is Trump's best strategy for intimidating China, our next step should be maple-syrup taxes. Brazil, which is the second biggest supplier of steel to the United States after Canada, remains open for a dialogue to reach an understanding with the United States and is talking to other countries to learn about measures they are considering, he said.

The $117 billion deal would have been the largest deal ever in the technology sector. The Times concludes, "It's a problem that the Trump administration needs to address - and soon".

Reflecting China's growing focus on the production of higher-value goods, output of computers, telecommunications equipment and other electronics rose 12.1 per cent on year, extending a long period of double-digit growth.

There are also fears that the USA could implement quotas.

He said other countries could be spared the tariffs if they can convince the USA government that their steel and aluminum exports don't threaten American industry. Don't believe it. American workers are being stung by sucker trade - not free trade. Or, do we try to fix the situation. The top country we import from is Canada, which apparently should be grateful it has been given a reprieve from these tariffs "at least at this time". This, of course, has attracted quite a lot of negative reaction. Trump jokingly added that "maybe we will give that a shot someday", the line that got the most attention. They don't go the extra little bit. Trump really, really wants to stick it to China! Ultimately, the conclusion of this exercise will usually be more moderate than the initial proposal, and actually will provide positive change for our country. The nature of the threat is not new, with Trump targeting Germany since before his election.

"Recently we have seen how it is used as a weapon to threaten and intimidate us".

James H. "Smokey" Shott, a resident of Bluefield, Va., is a Daily Telegraph columnist.

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