Markets Begin to Take Threat of Trade War Seriously

Trump said that if China responds to this fresh round of tariffs then he will move to counter

He doubts the latest dispute would damage the relationship between the two countries.

The White House says the USA can withstand trade tensions.

China imported $129.89 billion of USA goods past year, while the United States purchased $505.47 billion of Chinese products, according to US data.

The United States has now imposed tariffs on up to $450bn in Chinese goods, out of a total of $500bn. "However, confronted by such short-sighted act that hurts both USA itself and others, China has no choice but to fight back forcefully".

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China responded with a 178.6 percent tariff on all imports of sorghum to the United States.

"This latest action by China clearly indicates its determination to keep the United States at a permanent and unfair disadvantage", the White House said, citing a "$376 billion trade imbalance". "It is very unfortunate that instead of eliminating these unfair trading practices, China said that it intends to impose unjustified tariffs targeting USA workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses".

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The proposed measures caused upset on global stock markets on Tuesday, initially weakening both the USA dollar and the Chinese yuan.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 370 points, or 1.5 per cent. Boeing's stock shed 3.6 per cent, Caterpillar 3.7 per cent and GE 1.7 per cent.

The president warned that he was prepared to hit China with an additional US$200 billion in import taxes unless Beijing capitulates.

The Trump administration has announced plans to target products from China including machinery, electrical goods and vehicles.

China's Commerce Ministry on Tuesday criticized the latest threat of tariffs, saying it was an "act of extreme pressure and blackmail that deviates from the consensus reached by both parties after many negotiations, and is a disappointment to the worldwide community".

"If the USA side becomes irrational and issues the list, China will have to adopt comprehensive measures in quantity and quality in order to make strong countermeasures", said the statement.

President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to unleash additional tariffs on Chinese products unless Beijing reverses its "unfair", trade practices.

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Last Friday, he did just that, announcing that the U.S.

In a statement published shortly after Monday's announcement, China's Ministry of Commerce called the move "blackmail".

The tit-for-tat moves could start to meaningfully slow USA growth, economists warn.

Read the full report at the New York Times.

The White House was not pleased. China responded by saying it would hit 659 U.S. products worth United States dollars 50 billion.

Beijing wants to "demonstrate that things will be done their way or not at all", said Christopher Balding, an economics professor at Shenzhen's HSBC Business School, who believes Chinese policymakers prefer demonstrations of "power and control" over "technical policy rightness".

Wall Street stocks tumbled in opening trading on Tuesday as fresh tariff threats by the United States and China against each other exacerbated trade war fears. Donald Trump is now threatening to slap tariffs on $450 billion worth.

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"All they can do is impose higher tariffs on a smaller subset of products", he said. They also serve as an initial step toward bringing balance to our trade relationship with China.

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