Donald Trump pushes back increase in Chinese import tariffs

China scraps some US tariffs ahead of trade talks

Donald Trump delays increase in China tariffs for two weeks as 'gesture of good will'

The World Bank has downgraded the forecast for Africa's economic growth from 3.3% to 2.8% this year as a result of the trade war.

Preliminary meetings are set to take place later this month in Washington before USA treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and trade representative Robert Lighthizer meet China's vice premier Liu He in October. Trump's tariff policy has cost American businesses $6.8 billion in July, a 62% increase from the same period past year, according to Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, an alliance of more than 150 associations representing every sector of the USA economy.

"According to my understanding, Chinese firms have started to inquire about prices for USA agricultural goods", Gao noted. Trump said on Twitter Thursday that China is expected to buy "large amounts of our agricultural products!" The second round was worth $60 billion, taking effect in September past year, after the USA began imposing additional 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products the same day.

Polls show the trade war is not popular with many voters and farmers are increasingly angry over depressed commodity prices.

Trump escalated the U.S. That was in response to higher Chinese tariffs which were a reaction to a previous increase by the U.S.

In a tweet early Wednesday, US President Donald Trump noted the tariff exemptions, saying the trade war was proving more costly for China than previously thought.

Experts said the measure is important because it will to some extent ease the impact of the China-US trade disputes for enterprises in both countries. China had halted USA farm-product imports in August after negotiations deteriorated.

The U.S. -China talks have basically gone nowhere for four months. The cargoes would be from the Pacific Northwest.

China on Wednesday said it would spare some U.S. products from punitive new tariffs, an apparent olive branch ahead of high-level talks next month to resolve the two nations' protracted trade war. "I think it was a gesture, OK?"

In 2018, the U.S. goods trade deficit with China was $419.52 billion.

A senior White House official said an interim deal was "absolutely not" on the table, not even in return for Chinese commitments on intellectual property and agricultural purchases. "The clock is ticking and Trump's approval ratings are sliding, with manufacturing now in recession".

It is troubling that Trump is now championing a trade war to the detriment of the U.S. economy, which has serious global economic ramifications.

"Beijing is prepared for a continuation of tariffs and hostile rhetoric through 2020".

The US Treasury has taken in $66 billion in customs duties in the 11 months through August, 73 percent more than in the same period of the prior fiscal year - tariffs paid by American importers.

-With assistance from Kevin Hamlin, John Harney, Yinan Zhao and Miao Han. "Another two-week reprieve doesn't change those fundamentals".

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