China Plans Tariff Cut on Wide Range of Consumer Goods

by Linda Olson May 25, 2018, 0:45
China Plans Tariff Cut on Wide Range of Consumer Goods

Although Trump has not (yet) toppled a regime, he has taken the approach of assertive unilateralism several steps further, waging a multi-pronged assault on the global order.

Some White House officials blamed poor co-ordination among the opposing factions on Trump's team for his initial agreement with China, according to several people briefed on the matter.

The negotiations to rewrite the 24-year-old NAFTA, meanwhile, have bogged down, in part over the United States' insistence on steps that would encourage automakers to move production to the United States from Mexico.

"We supported Trump in the elections, support a lot of the things he stands for, and we need him to come through on trade like he promised", DiMicco said.

He's obsessed with one economic issue above all others: the $375 billion U.S. trade deficit with China, which appears to be distracting him from goals that include halting Chinese intellectual property theft, which represents a far more serious threat to the American economy.

Earlier Thursday, Trump had blamed the U.S. neighbors to the north and south for being "difficult" in talks to renegotiate the pact. "This is the key point behind the trade dispute between China and the USA".

Trump's uncertainty is understandable - he's facing competing pressures from his allies to both clamp down on unfair Chinese business practices and spare US farmers from a damaging trade war with China.

The United States delivered a potential death sentence on ZTE by imposing sanctions against one of China's largest and most successful telecom companies, which relies on 35 per cent of its core chip components coming from USA sources.

It's not as though the administration has not noticed all these developments.

"We must guard against such efforts and remain vigilant in protecting our national security innovation base", they said.

Then, on Wednesday, the Pentagon pulled an invite to China to take part in a huge worldwide naval exercise after it landed a bomber on a disputed island in the South China Sea and deployed missile launchers, after previously undertaking not to militarize the area.

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Soybean futures reacted positively to news of a possible truce in the trade war with China. He added that China has already essentially contracted out around two or three months' worth of buying, primarily from South America.

Invoking the rhetoric of the Cold War, it said "fidelity to the rule of law" distinguished the United States "from a country like China that is ruled by a Communist dictatorship". But we were the ones that closed it.

United States and Asian markets dropped after the comments were posted.

Tariffs Trump had proposed for US$50 billion (NZ$72 billion) in Chinese goods are ready to be enacted at his command, after a public comment period expired on Tuesday.

To be sure, the United States has long pursued a unilateralist foreign policy, exemplified by George W. Bush's 2003 invasion of Iraq and Barack Obama's 2011 overthrow of Muammar el-Qaddafi's regime in Libya. "They played us again", he said. The Commerce Department announced April 16 that the company would be cut off from its USA suppliers, crippling its business, for what Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross called "egregious" violations of United States sanctions.

"Our Trade Deal with China is moving along nicely, but in the end we will probably have to use a different structure in that this will be too hard to get done and to verify results after completion", he tweeted. Marco Rubio of Florida.

President Trump said Monday that his hard-nosed trade negotiations won some concessions from China and not the trade war his critics had predicted, scoring what he crowed was another victory for his "American First" agenda.

Certainly, the stock markets surged on the news on what appeared to be vindication of the Trump administration's hard-line approach to realign the stars of the US-China trade relationship.

Another aspect of US-China relations that Beijing is playing to its advantage is Trump's view that relations with other countries are directly reflected in the strength of his personal connections with their leaders.

"I have a great relationship with President Xi".

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