Central Bank forecasts limited impact on Taiwan from US-China trade war

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The trade war that President Donald Trump has been threatening has finally started, with U.S. tariffs of 25% on $34 billion worth of imports from China and retaliatory tariffs in China on imports worth the same amount from the United States having kicked in on Friday.

Months of dialogue between the two economic superpowers, including in the WTO, appeared to have failed, with Trump warning just hours before the tariffs came into effect that Washington was ready to escalate the dispute with duties on hundreds of billions of dollars more in Chinese imports. The company said in a Securities and Exchange commission filing that the tariffs "would have an immediate and lasting detrimental impact to its business in the region". Many of those industries have their roots in the Midwest and southern United States, areas that helped propel President Donald Trump to victory in 2016 on the promise of putting America first.

Wall Street has taken the China-US tariffs enacted on Friday in stride so far, but investors are on alert for a ramp-up in the trade conflict. Dismissing any concern about the trade war between the two countries, Jiang said, "We are not so anxious because first of all, we have a big price advantage over our competitors".

That would bring the total of targeted Chinese goods to potentially $550 billion - more than the $506 billion in goods that China shipped to the United States a year ago.

Initially Chinese President Xi Jinping appeared to relent with the suggestion that they may lower tariffs on imports of USA auto imports to the country.

The president's tariffs, the PIIE's researchers conclude, are "a prime example of 20th century tools aimed at the knowledge-embodying trade flows of the 21st century".

The trade war may have just started, but China has already been making moves in the soybean world as US shipments originally destined for the nation have been canceled or rerouted.

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China was expected to respond dollar-for-dollar but did not immediately release details of the countermeasures, which were expected mainly to target agricultural products in a bid to hurt supporters of US President Donald Trump.

The report, which shows that unemployment has dropped, also included some numbers that might not be worth the all-caps tweet, including slowed hiring in small businesses and a lack of qualified applicants in some fields, owing, possibly, to wage stagnation.

Dennis Riggs, 63, who farms south of Sidney, said numerous investments he has been wanting to make on his farm are now "out of the question", because China launched its own set of tariffs on American goods like soybeans, corn, pork and poultry in retaliation.

The EU, stung by the steel tariffs, has launched retaliatory tariffs worth $3.4bn on a wide variety of products, including whiskey, Levi's jeans and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. "The trade relationship between the United States and China must be much more equitable".

"Our view is that trade war is never a solution", Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told reporters in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, after meeting his counterpart.

The trade war that erupted Friday between the US and China carries a major risk of escalation that could weaken investment, depress spending, unsettle financial markets and slow the global economy.

President Donald Trump said he is considering tariffs that could affect up to $550 billion of Chinese goods, more than the total amount China exported to the United States past year. In other words, the USA and China are likely to impose penal tariffs on their entire imports from each other.

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As promised, Beijing hastily reiterated with duties on $34 billion worth of USA goods.

New U.S. tariffs of 25 percent went into effect at 12:01 am.

Christine LoCascio, an executive at the Distilled Spirits Council, said she fears China's tariffs on US whiskey will "put the brakes on an American success story" of rising exports of USA spirits.

China accused Trump of using tariffs as "typical trade bullying".

The government said previously it would hit more than 500 U.S. export items - including cars and major agricultural goods such as soybeans and meat - worth the same as the Chinese products targeted by the United States.

Moscow also announced Friday it had slapped 25 per cent tariffs on some U.S. goods, joining the global push-back against Trump's offensive. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said while Xi's response was encouraging, the Trump administration needs to see "concrete actions from China".

China said it would respond with measures of a "corresponding number and quality" if the United States produced a list of products that could be hit.

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