China threatens tariffs on USA lobsters as business booms

China threatens tariffs on USA lobsters as business booms

China threatens tariffs on USA lobsters as business booms

U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement of tariffs on Chinese goods escalates tensions between the world's two largest economies. "We want to trade", Davis, who also sits on the governing committee of the American Soybean Association, said. China had warned the White House earlier Friday that it would respond "in the first instance" to protect its economy if Trump moved forward with any tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Tariffs on $34 billion of USA goods including agricultural products such as soybeans will take effect from July 6, the ministry said.

The actual shirts and shoes imported from China won't get new tariffs, according to the full list of 1,102 product lines released Friday.

Washington has completed a second list of possible tariffs on another $100 billion in Chinese goods, in the expectation that China will respond to the initial USA tariff list in kind, sources told Reuters.

Anti-monopoly regulators are believed to have delayed announcing a decision on US tech giant Qualcomm's proposed acquisition of semiconductor maker NXP in part due to the tariff conflict.

"China's Government is aggressively working to undermine America's high-tech industries and our economic leadership through unfair trade practices and industrial policies like "Made in China 2025". Numerous exports are linked to the nation's "Made in China 2025" plan to lead the world in sectors like AI and robotics. And considering how important trade deficits are to the president, there is always a chance that he could suddenly demand more reductions in that deficit as a part of any deal.

China had earlier threatened to retaliate if the USA imposed import tariffs on its products, and followed through on that threat shortly after the United States made its tariffs announcement. The U.S.T.R. says that after it asked for public comment on its initial list of 1,333 products that were proposed for the additional duty in April, it received some 3,200 responses.

On Friday, the Trump administration said it will impose a 25% tariff on $50 billion of Chinese exports.

"Trade between our nations, however, has been very unfair, for a very long time".

It is hard to quantify the precise cost of Chinese sanctions, but Missouri corn and soybean farmer Blake Hurst said he already is seeing an impact on prices.

China threatens tariffs on USA lobsters as business booms
China threatens tariffs on USA lobsters as business booms

Lighthizer says the duties are created to impede Chinese exporters from stealing American intellectual property and using it to make cheap technology to sell to the USA, reducing the earnings of their US competitors.

"If these actions continue, our businesses will lose customers, workers will lose jobs, and American consumers will lose family income through higher taxes and higher prices", Chamber President Thomas Donahue said.

Before Friday, the Trump administration had imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, along with solar panels and washing machines.

China would also cancel agreements it had reached with the U.S. during previous discussions over the penalties, it said.

These include major American exports to China like soybeans, which brought in $14 billion in sales previous year, and are grown in states that supported Trump during the 2016 presidential election. It authorizes the U.S. President to impose tariffs when it is in the interest of American "national security".

The U.S. isn't the only country in the lobster trade.

The tariffs were in response to complaints that China requires or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.

In mid-May, both sides announced a cease-fire after two rounds of trade negotiations. The $50 billion in tariffs will likely mean just a tenth of a percentage point hit "at most" on annual USA economic growth and a similar jump in overall consumer prices, according to data from Barclays, the British bank.

"I am concerned that these new tariffs will hurt American manufacturers, farmers, workers and consumers", he said.

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