U.S., China hike tariffs as trade war intensifies

Trump's tariffs on $200 bn of Chinese imports kick

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The message from Beijing came hours after the U.S. imposed new tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese goods, drawing a pledge of tit-for-tat action from Beijing.

Trump had warned that the retaliatory duties by Beijing would ignite a fresh round of tariffs on $267 billion worth of Chinese imports, meaning that all Chinese exports to the U.S. could effectively be subjected to new duties.

But Mr Trump warned he could ramp up to "phase three", slapping tariffs on approximately US$267 billion of additional imports, or the entirety of the goods the USA buys from China.

The US slapped a 25 percent tariff on $34 billion of Chinese goods in early July.

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Wang said that if and when talks restart would depend on the "will" of the United States, suggesting a solution can be found if both sides show sincerity with negotiations on an equal footing. "We can say that the risks of a global trade war have risen significantly".

'If this continues, it will destroy in an instant the gains of the last four decades of China-US relations'.

"With generic polls favoring the Democrats, they may feel that the trade environment may be less hostile after November 6", said ING's chief Asia economist, Rob Carnell.

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He said Tuesday the United States measures "have made it impossible for the negotiations to proceed" and blamed the U.S. for abandoning a consensus on trade that was struck in May, but was quickly followed by new USA tariffs.

China's deputy trade negotiator on Tuesday acknowledged the challenge in resuming negotiations with the U.S., saying: "How could you negotiate with someone when he puts a knife on your neck?"

According to the minister, trade measures introduced by the White House over recent months have been damaging not only for China, but for the U.S. as well.

The white paper is the country's most comprehensive statement of its trade war stance to date and came as new tit-for-tat tariffs came into effect.

US President Donald Trump has imposed three rounds of trade tariffs on Chinese products, blaming the country for unfair trade practices.

Business groups say American companies report Chinese regulators also are stepping up pressure on them by slowing down customs clearance and increasing environmental and other inspections.

"To improve the ability of companies to adapt, China will further reduce their [social insurance] fees and taxes", Lian said. Beijing's vice premier Liu He was proposed to meet with the Trump administration in Washington to have mid-level trade talks.

"It would look weak both to the USA and at home", he said, adding that there is "sufficient stimulus in the pipeline" to limit the damage of the latest tariffs on China's economy.

It affirmed China's stance that it is a developing country, a claim that rankles Washington, Europe and other trading partners.