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White House expects China to retaliate over trade tariffs

White House expects China to retaliate over trade tariffs”

That dispute grew out of an earlier deadlock over how and when to remove existing American tariffs that provoked Beijing to threaten quit the talks, people briefed on the discussions said.

"China's adjustment on additional tariffs is a response to US unilateralism and protectionism", the ministry said. "Therefore, China should not retaliate-will only get worse!"

Beijing is running out of imports to penalize due to the lopsided U.S.

Global equities tumbled, with MSCI's gauge of stocks across the world on pace for its biggest one-day drop of 2019. Chinese yuan fell to its lowest in more than four months to 6.88RMB to the dollar.

The escalation, from rates of 5pc and 10pc, was announced hours after Trump warned China not to retaliate against the latest United States tariffs hike.

Mr Kudlow had admitted that more talks were planned while also stating that Trump and China's Xi Jinping would "meet in Japan at the G20" summit at the end of June.

China tried to delete commitments from a draft agreement that its laws would be changed to enact new policies on issues from intellectual property protection to forced technology transfers. That dealt a major setback to the talks.

While the Trump administration has taken that line for months, there are also some signs the president's self-proclaimed fondness for tariffs may be backfiring. The move affected 5,700 categories of Chinese products including internet modems, routers and similar devices.

The abruptness of Trump's announcement on May 5, just days before the last round of talks, about raising tariffs to 25% made companies see doing business in China as more uncertain, said Jake Parker, vice president of the U.S.

China's Global Times newspaper reported that Beijing was also considering cutting orders for new Boeing planes and boycotting United States agricultural products.

Tariffs will be imposed on 5,140 U.S. products with an annual value of about $60bn (£46bn) from 1 June, the Chinese finance ministry said on Monday.

"It's no big deal. China is bound to turn crisis to opportunity and use this to test its abilities, to make the country even stronger". "That's why China wants to make a deal so badly!" he said.

In an interview with Fox News, Kudlow played down the economic impact of an escalation of tariffs by both sides, while conceding that economists and businesses were right when they challenged Trump's assertion that China was paying the cost of the tariffs.

According to people close to the talks, as the sides marched toward a deal that they hoped initially to close last week, they had gotten stuck in recent weeks on the question of lifting the USA tariffs in response to Chinese steps to address American complaints.

"It's clear that there is a lot of nervousness around the U.S".

China's vice-premier, Liu He, listens to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer as they exit the office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Friday. "The effects of tariffs have spilled over noticeably to prices charged by non-Chinese producers of tariffed goods, who appear to have opportunistically raised their prices in response to the protection from Chinese competition", analysts wrote in a note. Mr Trump tweeted shortly before news of the Chinese decision came.



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