China Warns US of 'Countermeasures' Against Possible New Tariffs

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Top US brands such as Apple, GM and Boeing generate large amounts of sales in China.

China accused the United States on Tuesday of "extreme pressure and blackmailing" and vowed to retaliate after U.S. Trump threatened to impose a 10 per cent tariff on $200 billion USA of Chinese goods in addition to $50 billion of import duties that had already been announced.

He called the move retaliation for Beijing's decision last weekend to raise tariffs on 50 billion dollars' worth of US products.

Derek Scissors, a China scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank, said that means China will soon run out of imports of US goods on which to impose retaliatory tariffs.

"Risking a trade war with more tariffs will only invite more retaliation that will cause significant harm to the USA economy", said the group, urging the administration instead to "work with our allies and place coordinated pressure on China to end their harmful trade and investment practices". China responded by saying it would hit 659 usa products worth Dollars 50 billion. On Friday evening, China announced tariffs on United States products of an equal amount and implemented them on the same date (6 July) as the USA intends to implement tariffs on China.

The US president said the tariffs would be imposed if China "refuses to change its practices".

"I support the president's action", Lighthizer said. "Rather than altering those practices, it is now threatening United States companies, workers, and farmers who have done nothing wrong", Trump said.

Stock markets across the region fell Tuesday, with Shanghai closing down 3.78 percent, its biggest drop in two years, and Shenzhen down 5.31 percent.

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Navarro suggested on the call with reporters that China could use other measures besides tariffs to strike back at the USA economically. -China trade spat escalated and base metal prices slid.

It published a draft list of about 1,300 Chinese products slated for tariffs in April.

China, of course, imports nowhere near $250 billion, let alone $450 billion in goods from the USA each year that it could tax in retaliation. The strongest is probably a consumer boycott of U.S. consumer goods but it can also use restrictions on investments in China by USA companies as there are far more United States companies in China than the other way around. If the reports are true, the iPhone will not be among those products. The US imported $426 million worth of tilapia and $335m of shrimp in 2017.

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Companies like Apple are anxious China could cause delays in supply chains and increase scrutiny of products under the guise of national security concerns, The New York Times reported. Chart based on NOAA data. Concerns about a trade war between the US and China have limited the momentum behind the recovery attempt. He said it was unlikely that a resolution could be reached before July 6.

And as Mr Trump increases the range of goods subject to tariffs it becomes harder for American importers and consumers to avoid the cost by finding alternative suppliers. "President Donald J. Trump says, that's not going to happen on his watch".

One of the most important reasons - China is united, it said.

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