What Trump's trade war with China means for American consumers

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What Trump's trade war with China means for American consumers

Obviously, Americans and American consumers are paying more and more by the day. In response, the Chinese Finance Ministry announced on May 13 that Beijing would raise tariffs on $60 billion of USA goods. "The two heads of state maintain contact through various means", foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular briefing on Tuesday.

"As we are seeing today, (a major trade war) would have a big impact on the United States and the global financial markets", said Lachman. Past experience has shown that China does not wish or want trade war but by no means afraid of a trade war.

He said he hoped China would "do us the honor" of continuing to buy United States farm exports but even if they do not, the government "will be making up the difference" by buying crops to prop up prices. "In addition to that, we have another Dollars 325 billion that we can do if we decide to do it", Trump said in Washington on Tuesday.

In his Tuesday tweets, Trump said the "massive tariffs" now in place will pay for government bailouts for suffering farms.

It includes laptop computers, saw blades, turbine parts, tuna and garlic.

"The risk of a full blown trade war has materially increased", they said in a report.

Also Tuesday, China's tightly controlled social media were filled with comments lambasting Washington following weeks of little online discussion of the dispute.

Chinese state media on Tuesday kept up a barrage of nationalistic commentary. "Because our hearts are too soft!"

A stumbling block has been US insistence on an enforcement mechanism with penalties to ensure Beijing carries out its commitments.

The American Soybean Association says it generally supports the Trump administration's trade objectives, just not the means used to reach them.

The MSCI Emerging Market Index decreased 0.2%. "You can also buy from a non-Tariffed country instead of China", he continued.

The Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 1.3%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.9%. Apple fell 5.4% and Caterpillar dropped 5.1%. China's Finance Ministry announced duties of 5% to 25% due to take effect June 1 on about 5,200 American products, including batteries, spinach and coffee. Details of what the duties were before the increases were unclear.

Trump said Monday he had not decided whether he would ultimately impose those levies.

The chief Chinese envoy, Vice-Premier Liu He, told state TV the remaining issues had to do with principles and "we will make no concessions on matters of principle".

Despite the mounting economic threat and escalating tensions, Trump was optimistic about reaching a deal with China.

Both governments indicated more negotiations are likely.

Trump has said he would meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping next month, with focus now turning to an upcoming G20 meeting. They said that loss could widen to one percentage point if both sides extend penalties to all of each other's exports.

Most observers have warned a trade war between the world's two largest economies could shatter global economic growth, and hurt demand for commodities like oil.

Soybeans, the most valuable US crop, bounced off a decade low on Tuesday as the market's focus shifted to planting delays due to poor weather, which could reduce crop size. -Chinese trade balance. Regulators have started targeting American companies in China by slowing down customs clearance for shipments and issuance of business licences. That has sent shockwaves through other Asian economies that supply Chinese factories.

That move underscored worries about the economic impact of a trade war - a sustained inversion of that part of the yield curve has preceded every US recession in the past 50 years.

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