US-China trade spat

06 Sep 2018

Today is the end point for the US’s public consultation on whether to apply tariffs to another $200bn of Chinese imports.

Yesterday President Trump said the US was not yet ready to come to an agreement over trade disputes with China, but said talks would continue, implying the US may well press ahead with these tariffs and announce the imposition of these tariffs once today’s consultation closes, with tariffs going into effect as soon as Friday. It's unclear whether the new tariffs will be set at 10% or 25%; President Trump initially asked the Trade Representative to investigate the impact of a 10% tariff and then upped the proposal to 25% in early August. China has threatened tariffs on a further $60bn of US imports in retaliation. Markets remain firmly in risk off mode ahead of any announcement today, with Asian equity markets firmly in the red.
 
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