China Cancels U.S. Soybean Purchases as Trade War Takes Hold

China Cancels U.S. Soybean Purchases as Trade War Takes Hold

"In order to defend the core interests of the country and the interests of the people, we are forced to retaliate", the Chinese Commerce Ministry said in a statement. In February 2018, USTR won a WTO compliance challenge against China's unfair anti-dumping and countervailing duties on United States poultry exports and China announced the termination of those duties.

According to a Rhodium Group report, Chinese direct investment in the United States was estimated to be 1.8 billion US dollars in the first five months of 2018, down 92 percent from the same period previous year.

China also has other ways to retaliate by going after USA companies such as Apple Inc. and Walmart Inc., which operate in its market and are keen to expand.

American companies doing business in China are particularly anxious.

"The way I see it is that Trump is trying to help us by making the playing field a bit more even", Crider said. "Soybean demand is there, and it's really, really big as soybeans go into different channels".

The United States is also set to impose 25% tariffs on another $16 billion in Chinese exports later in the summer, and China has vowed to retaliate against USA goods worth a similar amount. "But it is applying the brakes to a global economy that has less durable momentum than appears to be the case", Rob Carnell, chief economist at ING, said in a note to clients. "I think products made in China are the best", said one shopper in a Beijing grocery story, who gave his name as Yang. On Thursday, he suggested the possibility of tariffs on nearly $500 billion more of Chinese goods.

"You have another 16 (billion dollars) in two weeks, and then, as you know, we have $200 billion in abeyance and then after the $200 billion, we have $300 billion in abeyance. Ok?"

Under the banner of his "America First" policy, Trump has also targeted other traditional trade partners of the USA, such as the European Union, Japan, Mexico and even Canada.

And of course previous year, at the Global Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Chinese President Xi Jinping offered up a rousing defense of globalization - and a (rather presumptuous) suggestion that China, rather than the United States, is the new champion of free trade.

The managing director of the Association of German Chambers of Trade and Commerce, Martin Wansleben, also spoke out Monday in favor of strengthening economic relations between his country and China.

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So long as the United States economy and financial markets continue to chug along, there is little indication that Trump would accept a deal that doesn't include some sort of explicit guarantees related to forced technology transfers, or other industrial policies cited by the U.S. administration.

Canada hit back by imposing tariffs on more than 100 U.S. products, from ketchup to toilet paper, insecticide and washing machines. It also is rooted in the clash between American notions of free trade and Beijing's state-led development model.

Foreign companies accounted for $20 billion or 59% of the $34 billion of exports from China that would be subject to new USA tariffs, with U.S. firms accounting for a significant part of that 59%, said Feng.

The president's tariffs, the PIIE's researchers conclude, are "a prime example of 20th century tools aimed at the knowledge-embodying trade flows of the 21st century".

While the majority these are with the US, China also has 13 trade disputes with the European Union, plus a handful of others with countries including Japan and Mexico.

At one level, India should welcome China's being called out for its predatory trade and investment policies. There are unlikely to be any winners in a trade war.

The head of the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA), Hubert Lienhard, said that in the face of a growing protectionist agenda in the USA, a joint German-Chinese message to the White House "could be one the of things emerging from today's government consultations". That conjures the image of this being a cool, calm, collected game of chess on both sides: Washington and Beijing.

China's list of goods facing retaliatory tariffs include US crude oil, plastics and chemicals, all industries that have rapidly expanded using abundant USA shale oil and natural gas to drive exports to China.

However, it's important to remember that there are national security and intellectual property issues at the heart of this dispute - with China, anyway.

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