China retaliate with tariffs on 128 American products, spares big-ticket items

Trump hits China with tariffs worth $60 billion

"We have confidence and capability in dealing with any challenges", he added.

"We have a tremendous intellectual property theft problem. The expected double digit growth in exports in FY19 may not happen", CARE Ratings said.

"China's innovation achievements are earned by the wisdom and sweat of 1.3 billion Chinese people, not by stealing and not by robbing anyone, " Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying insisted, during Friday's press briefing. US stocks fell the most in six weeks amid concerns the USA tariffs will provoke China to retaliate.

"We have made full preparations to protect our legitimate interests". "China does not want a trade war, but China is not afraid of a trade war".

"It's natural for us to have to address things that we don't agree on". The Dow Jones industrial average closed down more than 700 points on Thursday as markets reacted to the Trump administration's announcement of $50 billion or more worth of yearly tariffs on Chinese imports. We're very friendly with China. Don't be penny wise and pound foolish. Agriculture is a positive contributor to the balance of trade, and the global marketplace offers the best available opportunity for growth in the US agriculture sector and the USA economy as a whole.

China has showed its readiness to retaliate, declaring on Friday plans to levy additional duties on up to $3 billion of US imports, including fruit and wine.

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China has drawn a list of 128 U.S. products that could be hit with tariffs if the two countries are unable to reach an agreement on trade issues, the ministry said.

The move against China comes just as the United States prepares to impose tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum - sanctions that are meant to hit China for flooding the world with cheap steel and aluminum.

The measures will be implemented in two stages.

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement that the US was acting to confront China over its state-led, market-distorting forced technology transfers, intellectual property practices and cyber intrusions on US commercial networks.

The Retail Council of Canada said Friday that US tariffs that would raise the prices of Chinese consumer goods, such as electronics, sold in the United States could prompt more Canadians to shop at home.

A vast amount of items used by U.S. consumers-from Under Armour leggings to Bath & Body Works shower gel and Samsonite luggage-are sourced from Chinese or Hong Kong based companies and factories, fuelling the $450 billion in Chinese goods imported to America annually. Trump has declared that the United States would no longer tolerate running a trade deficit of almost $400 billion with China, its second-largest trading partner, after the European Union.

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Shi Yinhong, a professor of global relations at Renmin University in Beijing, said that Chinese leaders had been so successful over the years in deflecting criticism of the country's trade practices in the United States that they may have been slow to realise the gravity of the confrontation brewing. Once again, the announcement rattled markets, fearing that it could be the opening salvo of a trade war; China is reportedly preparing countermeasures against USA agricultural products, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Trump also directed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to propose new investment restrictions on Chinese companies within 60 days to safeguard technologies the USA views as strategic, said senior White House economic adviser Everett Eissenstat. The European Union and other trade partners dismiss that as an excuse and say the US merely wants to give its companies a boost. A probe was launched a year ago under Section 301 of the 1974 US Trade Act.

China's ambassador to the US wouldn't rule out the possibility of the Asian nation scaling back purchases of Treasuries in response to tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump.

WH Group's Smithfield and rival USA producers have remade the nation's hog industry to serve China by shunning a growth drug called ractopamine, which Beijing bans.

The retaliatory measures are consistent with World Trade Organization rules, which allow for counter-safeguard measures on imports.

China's measures provide less favorable treatment of foreign entities than the comparable treatment of domestic Chinese entities under the Contract Law of China, USTR alleged.

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