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White House Prepares Tough Import Restrictions Against China

White House Prepares Tough Import Restrictions Against China

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told the EU parliament Wednesday that while the 28-nation bloc would continue to seek an exemption from the USA measure that could kick in next week, it will prepare countermeasures to hit US exports. And his Republican allies in Congress, including House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRepublicans are avoiding gun talks as election looms The Hill's 12:30 Report Flake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan MORE (R-Wis.), have lined up to oppose the move to impose steep tariffs on US imports of the two metals. He categorically rejected the claim that such a policy could only be adopted if other nations did the same.

Tariff opponents argue that US military needs for steel and aluminum amount to only 3 percent of domestic production.

Trump's original call for blanket tariffs got the world's attention and reiterated to world leaders that Trump doesn't bluff.

If Trump wants to help the steel and aluminum industries, there are better ways to do it.

Still, there are some manufacturing enterprises moving production out of China, partly due to rising labour costs as well as the perception of increased restrictions on foreign companies and products on the mainland, Haswell said.

The reach of the tariffs has been in question from their initial announcement.

The United States, joined by Europe, has been the anchor of the global free trade system, ever since the end of the Second World War. U.S. Steel and Century Aluminum are already ramping up, bringing back hundreds of workers. In the Fox & Friends interview, Farage accused the European Union of having already imposed its own tariffs on steel and other products coming from the United States.

While Canada produced 10 percent of the global aluminum output in 2000, it is now at 5 percent.




Emerging market stocks, meanwhile, lost 0.40 percent.

The European Commission imposed anti-dumping duties of 29 percent to 55 percent on pipes and tubes made from Chinese steel and iron because the low prices were hurting local producers. Now that time is past, in President Trump's view, and, I suspect, in the view of most Americans.

Tariffs of 25 per cent are to be placed on steel and 10 per cent on aluminium imported into the US. Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Germany and Brazil were hardest hit. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, China imports about 100,000 tons of almonds each year, and 45 million metric tons of food grown in the United States every year ends up in China.

And it comes with all the unintended consequences any kind of government intervention carries, probably even higher prices for domestic consumer goods. Another study from the USA software industry in 2011 put software theft losses as high as $60 billion.

The Trade Partnership, a consulting firm, estimates Trump's tariff will create 33,000 jobs, but lose another 179,000.

"The key issue for global financial markets is whether last week's announcement presages more tariffs being invoked by the [Trump] administration or retaliatory measures being triggered by United States trade partners", Said Desaque, founder and CEO of Desaque Macro Research, said in a note for at investment research and analysis firm Smartkarma.

China has yet to offer a list, but soybeans have been frequently mentioned. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has denounced the tariff plan.

Trump and his advisers did not invent this political logic, nor can he be held responsible for the fact that free-trade skepticism is internationally and institutionally entrenched. By not targeting this nation's chief economic rival and providing openings for it in multilateral agreements, Trump is helping to make China great again.


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