Apple avoids serious damage from U.S. tariffs on China

China announced Tuesday tariffs on United States goods worth $60 billion in retaliation for President Donald Trump's decision the previous day to slap duties on $200 billion in Chinese products next week. We have been ripped off by China.

"If there's a retaliation against our farmers and our industrial workers our ranchers".

China's main stock index has dropped more than 20 percent since January, with losses climbing after Trump fired off the first set of tariffs.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused China of manipulating its currency to combat USA tariffs.

Trump initiated the fight to punish Beijing for what he says are China's predatory tactics to try to supplant US technological supremacy.

"To think that somehow the Chinese are just going to cower and just say, 'OK, Donald Trump, you won, we give up, ' it's just not going to happen", said Walid Hejazi, with the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Business.

China responded to President Donald Trump's tariff hike by imposing its own penalties Tuesday on $60 billion of American imports.

The Chinese premier didn't openly address Mr Trump's move during his speech, but seemed to hit out at the new trade barrier imposed by the United States when he claimed "free trade" is essential for global economy to thrive.

As Trump has pursued his confrontation trade policy, China, Canada, Mexico and the European Union have all fought back, and have targeted goods seen as hitting areas loyal to Trump, including soybeans, bourbon, and blue jeans.

The threat of tariffs, Trump has said, should pressure Beijing to change its ways. He also threatened to impose taxes on virtually all of the remaining goods imported from China, amounting to $267 billion a year.

The Finance Ministry said its tariff increases are aimed at curbing "trade friction" and the "unilateralism and protectionism of the United States". Business leaders are warning the high-stakes strategy could upend their supply chains and raise costs, as economists worry Trump's tactics could derail the broadest global upswing in years.

"We will make sure that all companies, be they Chinese- or foreign-owned, so long as they are registered in China, will be treated as equals", Li said. As a result, China may decline Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's invitation and not send a delegation, the South China Morning Post reported on September 18.

The latest moves come amid escalating trade conflict between the world's two largest economies.

But, unless Beijing and Washington will strike a trade deal deemed fair by Mr Trump, the tariffs will be raised to 25 percent by the beginning of 2019. Over the past year, retail prices rose 13.6 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to Canadian experts on China and trade, the only thing that's certain is that people in both countries would lose from a full-blown trade war. "They hope to change USA presidents", Xia argued. And since China's economy is a state-directed capitalist-communist hybrid, they could go hammer and tongs at American interests through regulations.

Mulloy believes that there is a strong bipartisan support for Trump's China tariffs. "There are many legitimate trade concerns USA companies have in the global marketplace, but tariffs are unwieldy and often counterproductive to address those problems".

China, for months, has refused US demands that it change its unfair trade practices.

Li also admitted that the vast majority of China's workforce is unskilled - only around 11 percent have any kind of job training or higher education, he said - and the country's average income per worker ranks on the world's lower end ($8,250 annually, per World Bank data).


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