Stock markets from Vietnam to Tokyo hit by trade war contagion

Soybean prices in the USA and Brazil, the nations that account for roughly 80% of global exports, have taken drastically different paths thanks to Donald Trump’s trade war.

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Beijing insists it’s the injured party. The threat deepened tensions with the European Union, which warns that vehicle tariffs would inflict pain across its 28 member states.

Publishing forecasts by the UK’s central bank, Carney warned that the American economy would suffer a 2.5% drop in GDP as a result of falling trade volumes alone over three years, should the White House increase United States import tariffs by about 10 percentage points on all of its trading partners.

“There should be no doubting Beijing’s resolve”, the China Daily said.

Foreign companies accounted for $20 billion, or 59 percent, of the $34 billion of exports from China that would be subject to new USA tariffs, with US firms accounting for a significant part of that 59 percent, Gao said.

The dispute has roiled financial markets including stocks, currencies and the global trade of commodities from soybeans to coal in recent weeks.

“We’re here because President Trump says China is stealing our intellectual property”, said Cohen, “We plan on imposing tariffs equivalent to what we believe was the harm caused to us by reason of intellectual property theft”.

Beijing has also offered the EU an alliance in a trade war with the United States, claiming that “China and European countries are natural partners”.

Steep American tariffs on Chinese goods worth tens of billions of dollars are due to take effect at midnight Thursday, as US President Donald Trump fires the first salvo in a trade war between the world´s top two economies.

European stocks have traded in a narrow range this week in anticipation of US tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese imports set to go into effect on Friday. “That’s impossible. China won’t accept that, ” he said, adding “what happens next depends on the United States”.

Ernst says she also hopes to continue to utilize U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad – the former governor of Iowa – in smoothing relations with our largest trading partner.

In April, the White House instructed the United States Trade Representative to consider $100 billion in additional tariffs against China.

Beijing has accused the U.S. of “firing on the whole world” with the measures, pointing out that most of the Chinese exports under attack are largely made by companies with foreign investment – including from America.

Importers of American retail goods hit by higher Chinese duties were reluctant to pass the costs on to consumers for now.

The taxes target 818 kinds of Chinese products in industries such as aerospace, information and communications technology, robotics, industrial machinery, new materials and automobiles, according to a USTR list released previously.

If the US and China don’t solve the trade dispute that began Friday, American soybean farmers could need government aid by fall to ensure their businesses don’t collapse, according to Iowa soybean farmer Ron Heck. “It’s very hard to see this happening in the current environment”. The damage could also spread to other economies, hurting business confidence and prompting companies to delay investments.

But reaching a deal that’s palatable to both sides will be tough.

More than US$2.7 trillion in Asian equity value has evaporated in the past month as Shanghai-listed shares entered a bear market and foreigners fled the region’s stock markets with trade-war worries intensifying. “We urge the two governments to come back to the negotiation table”. Mobile phones, computers, toys and games are the biggest imports to the U.S. from China.

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China has said it will fight back with “equal scale, equal intensity”.

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