How China Can Retaliate Against the US

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The administration says it wants China to end the theft of intellectual property from USA companies and curb policies that require American and other foreign businesses to hand over technology in exchange for access to the Chinese market.

The Trump administration announced Tuesday it is offering up to $12 billion in aid to farmers to help mitigate the retaliatory tariffs stemming from Trump's widening trade feud with other countries.

While soybean prices have plummeted in recent months as China slapped tariffs on $45 billion of US goods, the complexity of the markets where they are sold has insulated many growers from financial harm in the short-term. "What we're seeing now is a direct hit to not only farmers, but to our rural communities and all of Missouri", Hurst said. "A lot of guys are skeptical of it. And unless something changes, it's only going to get worse", said Juedes. American soybean prices fell about 20 percent.

US soybean production has doubled since the mid-1990s and total exports have doubled since the mid-2000s.

"One of the main things to look out for is the issue of vehicle tariffs, which is the keystone to the whole negotiation".

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Representatives of the European Union, Canada, Mexico, South Korea and Japan will convene in Geneva on July 31 to debate how to respond if the us imposes levies on vehicle imports, as well as prospects for reforming the World Trade Organization, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Mr. Kudlow didn't discuss a specific timeline for future talks or whether the negotiations will be completed before the Commerce Department decides whether to recommend imposing tariffs on European cars as early as September.

Though such a "plurilateral" accord could potentially appease Trump's concerns about high levies on American auto exports, a formal debate on such a deal - with the potential to upend the entire vehicle industry by cutting levies across the globe - would require a political mandate. Using food in a trade dispute is a lose-lose.

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Companies with many assets will generally be able to weather the trade war - the people who won't are small and medium farms.

In addition, the USA runs a trade deficit with the EU, which means Americans buy more stuff from the Europeans than vice versa. "But they'd rather have long-term contracts than short-term payments".

"The timing wasn't good for agriculture", Duncan said.

USDA's Food Purchase and Distribution Program is meant to purchase unexpected surpluses of affected commodities for distribution to food banks and other nutrition programs.

On July 6, the USA tariffs on some $34 billion worth of goods imported from China went into effect. China retaliated with stiff tariffs, sending soybean prices to a ten-year low of $8.19 per bushel at a time when record plantings and large stockpiles had already driven prices far from their 2012 pinnacle. China has struck back with duties on soybeans and pork, affecting Midwest farmers in a region of the country that supported the president in his 2016 campaign.

"My message was - they need to be very careful with tariffs on domestic content", Williams said.

USDA said part of the aid funding will go to help fine new markets for farm products.

Those price drops have ripple effects, too. This is a prudent position given that on the same day the deal was announced, some of President Trump's senior advisers believed he was on the verge of escalating the trade war with a 25 percent tariff on almost 200 billion US dollars of imported automobiles, according to The Washington Post. Farmers themselves have also been lukewarm towards the aid package, with most preferring a resolution to the current trade disputes and expanded foreign market access instead of federal assistance. Many EU countries balk at buying genetically modified products grown in the U.S.

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