China slaps 25% tariffs on $16 billion worth of USA goods

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So far, China has now either imposed or proposed tariffs on US$110 billion of U.S. goods, representing the vast majority of its annual imports of American products. Beijing also will retain a lot of leverage, given that the manufacturing of a long list of components, from wires and screws to electric motors and digital controls, will most likely remain in China.

"We expect export growth to cool in the coming months, though this will primarily reflect softer global growth rather than USA tariffs", Evans-Pritchard said in a report. "We will see a full-month tariff effect in August".

The now proposed charge is 10%, but it could increase to 25% once a consultation period ends.

On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced that it would proceed with previously announced 25 per cent tariffs on an additional $16 billion of Chinese imports starting August 23.

China's crude oil imports recovered slightly in July after falling for the previous two months, but were still among the lowest this year due to a drop-off in demand from the country's smaller independent, or "teapot", refineries. This, however, had been held up as Beijing rejigged its film regulator, handing more control to the ruling Communist Party, and then as trade tensions with the United States grew, Reuters reported. For decades after 1949, when New China was founded, the domestic wholesale and retail proceeds were much higher than gross export earnings.

The U.S. -China trade relationship is estimated at $650 billion annually.

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"The impact of tariffs on exports is yet to be reflected". That leaves only about $20 billion for penalty tariffs after increases that have already been imposed or threatened on US goods are counted.

The trade war between America and China is on the rise.

Beijing's fresh tariffs on USA goods will apply to 333 items. "Considering the unreasonable U.S. demands, a trade war is an act that aims to crush China's economic sovereignty, trying to force China to be a United States economic vassal", it declared.

Washington already imposed 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese products on July 6. "This is like a blind, drunken bull crashing into a China shop", he said. The outcome of the crisis was a turn by South East Asian nations towards the Chinese economy, on which they have become increasingly dependent. Around afternoon, the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index surged 1.8%, or 49 points, to 2,793.04, meanwhile the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, rose 2.7%, or 39.16 points, to 1,505.86.

Companies have scaled back purchases of spot LNG cargoes in recent months as prices shot up, traders said.

The trade tensions between the USA and China are increasing now that the Trump administration announced it will hit China with another round of tariffs and also increase the tariff rate on additional products in the future.

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