The Times view on China-US relations: Bad Trade

Wallace Asks Kudlow 'Are You Reading Upside Down'

The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank more than 2% on Monday. Earlier, stocks fell in Europe and Asia.

"Yes, I don't disagree with that, ' said Kudlow, while insisting that 'both sides will pay" - and Beijing more than Washington as Trump's prediction comes true and companies relocate from China to other nations with free or freer USA trade arrangements. "As is often the case, however, the losers will not be the negotiators or presidents, but the people". For instance, last week at the White House, he said: "Our country can take in $120 billion a year in tariffs".

I'm not at all surprised by the outcome as it's not an easy job to solve the decades-long trade disputes between the two countries.

Trump had ordered the new tariffs, saying China "broke the deal" by reneging on earlier commitments made during months of negotiations.

"If you do that, then you run the risk that the Trump administration decides to do a "ZTE", referring to when Washington a year ago banned all sales of electronic components to the Chinese telecoms giant, jeopardising its very existence.

The U.S. Apollo program, NASA's forerunner to the effort at returning humans to Earth's natural satellite, tallied six manned missions to the moon from 1969 to 1972.

A man browses his smartphone on a bench with a decorated with US flag outside a fashion boutique selling USA brand clothing at the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing, Monday, May 13, 2019.

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Trump said there "is no reason for the United States consumer to pay the tariffs, which take effect on China today ..." Not only has the USA not provoked China over trade, but Washington is also decades late in trying to level the trade playing field. But nothing has been scheduled.

Trump said he plans to talk about trade with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 in Osaka, Japan, in late June. "It's not China that pays tariffs, it's the American importers, the American companies that pay what in effect is a tax increase and oftentimes passes it on to U.S. Consumers".

According to Hunter, even a major escalation "would still add only a few tenths of a percent to U.S. consumer price inflation", which is already below the U.S. Federal Reserve's 2 percent target. Confronted with reality, Kudlow backed down, and acknowledged that "both sides will pay in these things".

US financial markets dipped dramatically in response on Monday. "Losing a valuable market, losing stable pricing, losing an opportunity to support our families and our communities". "[The] street sees the current 25 percent tariffs on $200bn of goods will bring down China's GDP growth by more than half a percent over the next 12 months, and over one percent if additional tariffs hit the other $325bn goods", Yang wrote.

Farmers, who are a core political constituency for Trump's Republicans heading into the 2020 presidential and congressional elections, are growing increasingly frustrated with the protracted trade talks and the failure to reach an agreement.

"I think that China felt they were being beaten so badly in the recent negotiation that they may as well wait around for the next election, 2020, to see if they could get lucky & have a Democrat win - in which case they would continue to rip-off the United States of America for $500 Billion a year", he tweeted.

The president's allies in Congress scrambled to limit the damage to farm country. In reality, most experts say, tariffs essentially amount to a tax on US importers, which in turn pass the cost on to consumers.

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The prospect that the United States and China were spiralling into a no-holds-barred dispute that could derail the global economy has rattled investors and led to a sharp selloff on equities markets in the past week.

Trump later tweeted that "there will be nobody left in China to do business with".

Oxford Economics calculated that the higher tariffs will reduce the USA economy by 0.3% in 2020, a loss of $490 per American household.

"It's clear that there is a lot of nervousness around the U.S".

The tensions "raise fresh doubts about this recovery path", said Morgan Stanley economists Robin Xing, Jenny Zheng and Zhipeng Cai in a report.

FILE - In this March 24, 2019 photo passers-by walk near an art installation, center, in Boston's Seaport district.

US tariffs past year triggered retaliation by China, which imposed 25% levies on $50 billion worth of USA products including soybeans, beef and pork and lower tariffs on a list of $60 billion in goods.

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Forecasters have warned that the US tariff hikes could set back a Chinese recovery that had appeared to be gaining traction. China always insists on solving disputes through negotiations and both sides can benefit from an end to the trade war.


Fox News reporter Chris Wallace took National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow to task on Sunday after President Donald Trump falsely claimed that his Chinese tariffs would be paid for "mostly by China".

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