China says won't weaken currency to boost exports, as U.S. tariffs mount


On Tuesday, Beijing announced a tariff hike on $60 billion of USA goods in response to President Donald Trump's latest decision to increase import duties on Chinese products in a dispute over Beijing's technology policy.

In a speech on Tuesday, he cautioned China's business and political leaders to prepare for the conflict to last 20 years, beyond the Trump presidency, as the two countries battle for economic supremacy. "There is no way to complete the promise, but we will not stop our efforts and will work hard to promote the healthy development of China-U.S. trade".

In July, China cut import tariffs on nearly 1,500 consumer products ranging from cosmetics to home appliances as part of efforts to open up its economy, the world's second biggest.

According to reports, China could lower the tariffs as early as next month.

Earlier, the Trump administration signaled that it might be willing to settle for a reduction in America's massive trade deficit with China, $336 billion a year ago. While the USA has yet to move forward with the additional $267 billion in tariffs does not mean it won't, stay tuned. There's not much he can do about paying the 10 percent duty, or $30,000, on those vehicle-lighting parts.

The three major themes dominate the US-China Business Council's 2018 member survey outcomes included the following. The same applies to potential USA job losses due to declining exports to China: they won't happen fast enough to have any impact on November's mid-term elections in the United States.

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The tariff and trade situation between the USA and China is a tangled web, which is not easy to crawl out of. In Monday's announcement, President Trump said if China retaliates (which it did), the U.S.

"Trade is not a weapon and can not be used for wars", he added. But our position is that China's policies need to be revised to be more like that of a modern developed economy...fair market access for all.

Such expedited orders are helping to fill ports along the U.S. West Coast. Hyundai Merchant Marine Co.'s vessels leaving China for the USA are full, deliveries to California ports are surging, and cargo rates for journeys across the Pacific are at a four-year high. And then they said, "We're going to do the same thing".

"It's going to last long; it's going to be a mess", he said.

But the dispute between the world's top two economies has swiftly escalated since Trump took office, with a series of tit-for-tat tariffs imposed on billions of dollars' worth of goods by both countries. It has other options, even when it runs out of US imports to tax.