Trump ups pressure on China; demands 25% tariffs instead of 10%

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U.S. President Donald Trump earlier proposed 10 percent tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese imports. We have been very clear about the specific changes China should undertake.

"The Trump Administration continues to urge China to stop its unfair practices, open its market and engage in true market competition", Lighthizer said Wednesday, adding that, "Regrettably, instead of changing its harmful behavior, China has illegally retaliated against USA workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses". In this scenario, to which Moody's assigns a 60% probability, US gross domestic product would be reduced by about 0.1 percentage point at the peak of the trade confrontation, in mid 2019.

China's economy is under greater pressure in the short term but its policymakers may conclude that it is better to absorb the short-term costs and wait for the pressure to start to mount on the United States.In the end, tariffs are a tax on consumers, and if high tariffs go into effect on consumer items, and are sustained for any length of time, the economic and political fallout could be considerable. "Importers may have ordered aggressively in June ahead of tariffs imposed this month by the USA and China", the port stated in a press release.

"The trade war is the big driving factor", said Hao Hong, head of research at broker BOCOM International.

Wang said Beijing recognizes that the USA side was trying to put pressure on China. Furthermore, the massive, debt-financed tax cut enacted last December will only drive domestic consumption and make US assets more attractive to foreign buyers, all of which will widen the USA trade deficit much more than the limited tariffs imposed so far will shrink it.

"We urge the United States to come to its senses, correct its erroneous acts and create the necessary condition for a proper settlement as soon as possible", spokesman Geng Shuang said.

"First, I suggest the US take the right attitude and not to try to blackmail China as it doesn't work", spokesman Geng Shuang said in response to a question.

The groups, including the National Retail Federation (NRF), expressed their concerns to Lighthizer on why the proposed tariffs are the wrong approach and will harm United States companies, workers and consumers.

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The dynamic has proved hard to change, given US consumers' reliance on Chinese goods.

The Commerce Ministry said the objective of the USA tariffs is to restrict China's "peaceful development"-not, as the US says, to retaliate for China's unfair trade practices with the goal of narrowing the wide trade gap between the two countries".

Trump initially threatened to levy 10 percent on an additional $200 billion but that figure may now rise to 25 percent, sources told the Washington Post and Bloomberg.

If the United States chooses to escalate rapidly while China elects to ride out the attack and wait for the costs to rebound on the U.S. and global economies, the damage to both as well as third countries could be extensive.

China's coal demand for power generation has been rising and domestic output gains haven't been able to keep pace, meaning a draw on the seaborne market, which is already supply constrained, with major exporters Australia and Indonesia unable to boost output. "It will slow the economy".

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The 25% tariffs would apply to the same products proposed in July.

Other commodities also paint a mixed picture, with China's iron ore imports dropping 1.6 percent in the first six months of 2018 from the same period a year ago. Despite the fact that some United States media have linked the proposal to hike tariffs to a sharp drop in the Chinese currency, senior USA officials downplayed that idea in a telephone call with reporters.

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