China vows to defend its interests against U.S. trade actions

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Section 301, once heavily used in the 1980s and the early 1990s, allows the USA president to unilaterally impose tariffs or other trade restrictions on foreign countries. -China trade fight get?

The commerce ministry said China was considering implementing measures in two stages: first the 15 percent tariff on 120 products including steel pipes, dried fruit and wine worth $977 million, and later, the higher 25 percent tariff on $1.99 billion of pork and recycled aluminium.

China is a major market for USA agricultural products, cars, machinery and other products.

Speaking at the end of a two-week parliamentary session on Tuesday, Xi told 3,000 delegates that "any actions and tricks to split China are doomed to failure and will meet with the people's condemnation and the punishment of history". "Globalization has untethered multinationals from having to look after the United States, and China knows that".

China is a big buyer of American soybeans. A second round of tariffs of 25% on pork and recycled aluminum would be imposed after further evaluating the USA penalties on Chinese exports, the ministry said.

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On the Senate floor Thursday, Schumer, D-N.Y., said China is a threat to US innovation and progress.

China's ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, declined to rule out cutting purchases of U.S. Treasury debt in the dispute, telling Bloomberg Television on Friday: "We are looking at all options".

Boeing jets have also been often cited as a potential target by China.

US agricultural exports to China stood at $19.6 billion a year ago, with soybean shipments accounting for $12.4 billion.

Critics slammed the plans as intrusive and trade-inhibiting, and industry organizations, including the US Chamber of Commerce, say they are concerned over unfair advantages for Chinese companies and trade barriers. A Commerce Ministry spokesman accused the USA of "setting a vile precedent" and warned that China was prepared to defend its interests. Other health care stocks also sank.

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The move on tariffs is only the latest case of Trump undermining the WTO.

How bad will the U.S. In the 14 years from 2004-2017, 39 complaints were brought against China, on 26 separate issues ("matters" in WTO-speak - sometimes multiple countries complained about the same matter, so there are more complaints than matters).

That China's aerospace and technology businesses would be targeted by the president is hardly a surprise, given the focus of the investigation.

Their fears eased when the administration said some countries will be exempt from the tariffs.

Peter Donisanu, an investment strategy analyst for the Wells Fargo Investment Institute, said the risk of a damaging trade war is still low because the Trump administration is targeting specific goods that aren't central to China's economy.

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"If there is one thing that will be different from the past, that will be that China will open even wider", said Li. China aims to expand its economy by around 6.5 percent this year, the same target as in 2017, which it handily beat.

President Donald Trump on Thursday directed imposition of tariffs on Chinese products, and restrictions on Chinese investments in America in a move that officials described as "historic" and is meant to push back against "economic aggression".

Similarly, China's response is calibrated.

The Chinese Embassy in the United States, in response, said "It is a typical unilateral trade protectionist action". "However, there are certain sectors which will be relatively more affected, such as information technology and consumer durables".

US companies "are beholden to shareholders, not to the United States", he said.

Moody's Investors Service said the impact would be far greater if the United States significantly expands tariffs and throws in broad-ranging protectionist measures.

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"China has made clear its position several times that it stands firmly against such unilateral and trade protectionist practices from the US side", an official with the Ministry of Commerce said. China's Shanghai Composite fell over 3 percent.

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