U.S. tech firms ask for protection from next Trump tariffs

Shipping containers stand March 23 in a terminal at the Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai. New data show the U.S. goods deficit with China in the seven months through July this year widened about 8 percent to $234 billion from the same period in 2017

In a tweet Saturday, Trump implored the company to shift production from China: "Start building new plants now".

The president's tweet comes just days after Apple sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative raising concerns that the additional tariffs that the president proposed would be bad for business.

If Mr Trump were to follow through with all his threats, his administration ultimately would impose tariffs on $517 billion of Chinese goods.

In the letter, Apple asks the United States government to "reconsider these measures and work to find other, more effective solutions that leave the U.S. economy and USA consumer stronger and healthier than ever before".

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Apple is reported to have told the U.S. government it will affect the cost of its Apple Watch, AirPods, HomePod, AirPort routers, Apple Pencil, Mac mini, and some adapters/cables, according to Bloomberg. That meant that without sales to the USA market, China would have run a trade deficit. But David French, top lobbyist for the National Retail Federation, whose members include Amazon.com, BJ's Wholesale Club and Macy's, said almost every consumer good could be affected if Trump follows through on all threatened tariffs.

Kudlow, who heads the National Economic Council, told CNBC the administration was still talking with China about trade issues but so far China had not met USA requests.

The President believes that the easiest way to mitigate this is to manufacture products in the US. CEO Tim Cook said in July that those measures had no effect on Apple. That was considered Mr Trump's most significant trade move since his decision to pull the USA out of the TPP and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta).

Professor Yu Miaojie, deputy dean of Peking University's National School of Development, also felt that tariffs on US$267 billion of Chinese goods would be quite unlikely.

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While China's trade surplus with the United States grew again, it remained stable with the rest of the world at $27.9 billion in August.

"But we've taxed them US$50 billion - that's on technology".

Trump told reporters about the tariffs on Friday while returning to Washington DC from Montana, where he held a campaign-style rally Thursday night.

China's exports and imports rose at a sharply slower pace in August, but its global trade surplus remained stable at US$27.9 billion amid a heated United States trade war, official figures showed Saturday. Imports from the United States reached US$13.3 billion, a two per cent increase from the previous year.

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