- President Donald Trump indicated in a recent interview that he might impose more tariffs on China.
- $250 billion of Chinese imports are subject to tariffs now.
- China has said it will retaliate further with more tariffs of its own if the U.S. increased tariffs.
In an interview with Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes” on Oct. 14, 2018, President Donald Trump said he “might” impose more tariffs on China. He has already imposed $250 billion in tariffs on products that are brought into the U.S. from China. China has retaliated against the tariffs that have already been enacted and has said it will retaliate further against any additional tariffs, as industries are already feeling the impact.
Trump said that the Chinese “want to negotiate … they want to negotiate.” When asked if he would negotiate with them, he said, “I told President Xi we cannot continue to have China take $500 billion a year out of the United States in the form of trade and other things … and I said we can’t do that, and we’re not going to do that anymore.”
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Trump Plans More Tariffs to Get ‘Fair Deal’ From China
“So far, I put 25 percent tariffs on steel dumping,” Trump said. “And aluminum dumping, 10 percent. They can retaliate, but they don’t have enough ammunition to retaliate. We do $100 billion with them. They do $531 billion with us.”
Trump said his intent was not to push China into an economic depression. “I don’t want that,” he said. “I want them to negotiate a fair deal with us. I want them to open their markets like … our markets are open.”
Multiple industries have felt the impact of this trade war — or, “skirmish” as Trump called it in the interview — and retailers are likely going to have to pass costs on to consumers to mitigate the effects of the tariffs. Not only could the tariffs affect the holiday shopping season, but The Washington Post reported that the International Monetary Fund cut its 2019 growth forecast for the U.S. economy from 2.7 percent to 2.5 percent, saying President Trump’s trade policies could harm domestic and international growth.
How the US-China Trade War Has Played Out So Far
Here’s a quick rundown of how the trade war and tariffs have escalated so far in 2018:
- The trade tensions began in March, when Trump announced tariffs on steel and aluminum from most foreign countries.
- Trump then announced he would impose a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion worth of goods from China.
- China said it would retaliate with tariffs of its own, and in April released a list of more than 100 U.S. products that would be subject to tariffs.
- In July, the U.S. named $200 billion worth of Chinese goods it intended to subject to a 10 percent tariff.
- In August, the U.S. said it would impose a 25 percent tariff on $16 billion worth of goods from China.
- In September, Trump imposed tariffs on about $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. Trump has threatened additional tariffs if China continues to retaliate.
Where the trade war will go from here might depend on China’s reaction to future tariffs, and Trump’s satisfaction — or lack thereof — with its willingness to negotiate.
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