China's Economic Czar Warns US Treasury Secretary on Tariffs

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The proposed tariffs sent shivers through financial markets as investors foresaw dire consequences for the global economy if trade barriers start going up.

Trump is planning to impose the tariffs for what he says is misappropriation of USA intellectual property.

Following a thorough analysis of available evidence, USTR, with the assistance of the interagency Section 301 committee, prepared findings showing that, among other acts, policies, and practices, China uses discriminatory licensing requirements to transfer technologies from USA companies to Chinese companies.

In response to the move, China's Ministry of Commerce on Friday urged the United States to "pause on the brink of a precipice" and make prudent decisions so as not to put bilateral trade relations in jeopardy.

Following a memorandum from President Trump, on August 18, 2017, the US Trade Representative initiated an investigation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 into the government of China's acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. -China trade disputes lies fundamentally in rational negotiation between the two sides, and that unilateralism will not work under globalization.

China's retaliation against the United States tariffs on steel and aluminium appeared restrained.

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Additionally, the Treasury Department also issued a strongly worded advisory for investors urging them to avoid the petro . The extra money, provided through the U.S.

Meantime, China showed readiness to retaliate by declaring plans to levy additional duties on up to $3 billion of USA imports including fresh fruit, wine and nuts in response to imports tariffs Trump announced earlier this month on steel and aluminium, which were due to go into effect on Friday.

The U.S.'s trade deficit is a macroeconomic phenomenon, and lowering it will have to be done using policies to boost production or contain spending, according to Louis Kuijs, chief Asia economist at Oxford Economics in Hong Kong.

In the past, Beijing has reacted angrily to such moves, saying they are provocative. Washington has criticized China's construction of islands and build-up of military facilities in the sea, and is concerned they could be used to restrict free nautical movement.

Overall, the nation's farmers shipped almost $20 billion of goods to China in 2017. The U.S. military put countering China and Russian Federation at the centre of a new national defence strategy it recently unveiled.

Noting that consultations are the first step in the WTO dispute settlement process, the USTR said if the United States and China are not able to reach a mutually agreed solution through consultations, the Trump Administration may request the establishment of a WTO dispute settlement panel to review the matter. The U.S. delegation cast the only "no" vote, while Britain, Japan, and Australia were among those abstaining.

So far, China's response to Trump's announcement has been muted. It allows unrestricted travel by US officials to meet with members of Taiwan's government and for Taiwanese officials to visit the USA under "respectful conditions", during which they are allowed to meet with their counterparts, including those from the departments of state and defence. "The anticipation of the tax cuts and now the implementation of the cuts are stimulating the USA economy at a late point of the cycle so it is natural for the US trade deficit to grow". The sparring between China and the US has cast a spotlight on hardware makers such as Apple, which assemble the majority of their products in China for export to other countries. The Ministry of Commerce announced additional duties on up to $3 billion of imports from the United States, including fruit, nuts, pork, wine and seamless steel pipe.