Trump’s latest announcement of imposing a 10% tariff on the remaining $320 billion worth of Chinese goods entering the U.S., clearly denotes that the most recent U.S.-China did not end well. Although Trump had previously described the ongoing talks as “constructive”, his newest tariff announcement, is an indication that nothing constructive was agreed upon by both sides.
Effectivity date of the new tariff is on September 01, 2019, which means it could still be averted if China makes good on its previous commitment. According to a White House announcement, trade negotiations will resume in Washington by early September.
Trump Asserts China is to Blame Why Recent Negotiations Failed
According to Trump, China failed to honor its previous commitment of increasing its purchase of agricultural products as a show of goodwill. In return, the U.S. government eased sanctions imposed on controversial Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.
Yet according to Chinese state media Xinhua, the government of China declared that millions of tons of soybean shipments from the U.S. arrived in China since July 19, 2019; whilst numerous Chinese companies have placed new orders for U.S. cotton, soybean, sorghum and pork.
Trump vows to increase the 10% tariff to 25% if after the September resumption, China will not budge from its present negotiation demands that include stripping of the existing duties that were imposed during the ongoing trade war.
To date, the U.S. imposes tariff rates of 25% exclusively on $250 billion worth of Chinese imported goods. On the other hand, China applies exclusive 25% tariffs on U.S. imported goods valued at $110 billion. If Trump will not find future negotiations favorable, the 10% tariff on the $320 billion worth of Chinese importation will be raised to 25%.
Prior to the closing of the 2-day trade talks in Shanghai, Hua Chunying, the spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that it was clear that the United States continued to “flip flop” on the negotiations, although she added that she was not aware of the latest developments that transpired during the ongoing talks.