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Capitalism: Begun the Trade War has
  • Trump signed a memorandum that directs U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to determine whether an investigation is needed into alleged unfair Chinese trade practices. Shortly after Trump signed the directive, Lighthizer said his office will launch a probe and, "if needed, take action to preserve the future of U.S. industry."

    The move represents the first step in a process that could allow Trump to impose tariffs on Chinese imports or other punishing trade actions.

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  • U.S. companies are bringing new trade lawsuits against their foreign competitors with a scope and frequency not seen in more than 15 years, government documents show, as a wave of new complaints builds under President Trump.

    A Washington Post analysis of Commerce Department data found 23 new trade disputes initiated since January, making 2017 the busiest year for tariff cases since 2001. The new cases target trade between the U.S. and 29 counties, the most in any year since 2001. The cases include fights over Korean washing machines, Spanish olives, Chinese aluminum foil, Vietnamese tool chests, Argentine biodiesel and Canadian jetliners.

    The U.S. trade warriors include financially strapped solar panel manufacturers, downsizing Rust Belt steel plants and declining California olive farms.

  • The European Union, wonderful countries who treat the U.S. very badly on trade, are complaining about the tariffs on Steel & Aluminum. If they drop their horrific barriers & tariffs on U.S. products going in, we will likewise drop ours. Big Deficit. If not, we Tax Cars etc. FAIR!

  • U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese imports and will target the technology and telecommunications sectors, two people who had discussed the issue with the Trump administration said on Tuesday.

    While the tariffs would be chiefly targeted at information technology, consumer electronics and telecoms, they could be much broader and the list could eventually run to 100 products.

  • PHOTO: Trump consults with his Trade Advisors at the White House.

    Trump: First things is ... the beards must go! The Chinese might have bugs in your beards. Hello? testing 123? Next we have to put American TV sets back into Walmart. Like this ad shows... a 17 inch Motorola for $179. What a deal!


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  • @jleo

    Looks fun, but consequences will be quite grim.

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  • A presidential memorandum signed by Trump will target up to $60 billion in Chinese goods with tariffs over what his administration says is misappropriation of U.S. intellectual property, but only after a 30-day consultation period that starts once a list is published.

    Trump gave the Treasury Department 60 days to develop investment restrictions aimed at preventing Chinese-controlled companies and funds from acquiring U.S. firms with sensitive technologies.

    The waiting periods will give industry lobbyists and U.S. lawmakers a chance to water down a proposed target list that runs to 1,300 products, many in technology sectors.

    And some response

    Bearing in mind the principles of mutual respect and win-win cooperation, China has demonstrated sincerity in making reasonable suggestions to the U.S., and has made great efforts to address the current trade imbalance between China and the U.S. China does not want a trade war with anyone. But China is not afraid of and will not recoil from a trade war. China is confident and capable of facing any challenge. If a trade war were initiated by the U.S., China would fight to the end to defend its own legitimate interests with all necessary measures.

    The actions undertaken by the U.S. are self-defeating. They will directly harm the interests of U.S. consumers, companies, and financial markets. They also jeopardize international trade order and world economic stability.

    We urge the U.S. to cease and desist, make cautious decisions, and avoid placing China-U.S. trade relations in danger with the purpose of hurting others that eventually end up hurting itself.

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  • FCC proposal is meant to limit the amount of equipment and services purchased from Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE. Huawei has been a focus of the US government. Earlier Congress proposed a bill that would prohibit any government agency from engaging with Huawei and ZTE. And while in January, AT&T did an about face and decided it wouldn't sell Huawei smartphones, reports later surfaced that Congress had pressured AT&T into dropping its rumored plans to carry Huawei products. Since then, Verizon also decided to cancel plans to sell Huawei-manufactured devices while Best Buy announced it would stop ordering them and phase them out.

    Freedom of trade and independence of individual players. In fairy tales.

    Problem with Huawei is that in 2018 it plans to pass Apple in number of sold smartphones. Bad guys, bad.

  • Designed in California, made in China: how the iPhone skews U.S. trade deficit

    Take a look at the iPhone X. IHS Markit estimates its components cost a total of $370.25. Of that, $110 goes to Samsung Electronics in South Korea for supplying displays. Another $44.45 goes to Japan’s Toshiba Corp and South Korea’s SK Hynix for memory chips. Other suppliers from Taiwan, the United States and Europe also take their portion, while assembly, done by contract manufacturers in China like Foxconn, represents only an estimated 3 to 6 percent of the manufacturing cost.


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  • China move

    The Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council will now impose a tariff of 15 percent on 120 products imported from the United States, as well as a tariff of 25 percent on eight U.S. imports including pork, according to a statement from the ministry’s website.

    The statement said it was a countermeasure in response to the March 8th move by U.S. President Donald Trump to levy U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from China. As of March 23rd, the United States is imposing a 25-percent tariff on steel imports, and a 10-percent tariff on aluminum.

  • US try to cut China students who learn in US

    The Trump administration plans to shorten the length of validity for some visas issued to Chinese citizens, the State Department said Tuesday, as President Donald Trump works to counter alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property by Beijing.

    The changes begin June 11. The State Department said that under the new policy, U.S. consular officers may limit how long visas are valid, rather than the usual practice of issuing them for the maximum possible length.

    The State Department did not provide specifics. But a U.S. official said that according to instructions sent to U.S. embassies and consulates, Chinese graduate students will be limited to one-year visas if they are studying in fields like robotics, aviation and high-tech manufacturing. China identified those areas as priorities in its “Made in China” 2025 manufacturing plan.

    The instructions also say that Chinese citizens seeking visas will need special clearance from multiple U.S. agencies if they work as researchers or managers for companies on a U.S. Commerce Department list of entities requiring higher scrutiny. Those clearances are expected to take months for each visa application, the official said. The official wasn’t authorized to comment publicly and requested anonymity.

    The application process itself won’t change, the State Department said.

    Whole situation is good illustration on why idealism is quite useless thing.

  • The Economist Intelligence Unit predicts that China will have the largest number of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) graduates in the world in 2030. According to the World Economic Forum, China had 4.7 million recent STEM graduates in 2016; 40 percent of Chinese graduates in 2013 finished a degree in the field. The Chinese government seeks to further boost those numbers as part of its quest to transform the country into “an innovative society” by 2020, according to “Medium- to Long-Term Plan for the Development of Science and Technology.” Beijing also envisions having at least 40 world-class universities by mid-century.

  • Canada hits back at U.S. with dollar-for-dollar tariffs on steel, aluminum

    Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada is hitting back with duties of up to $16.6 billion on steel, aluminum and other products from the U.S., including maple syrup, beer kegs and whiskies.

    She and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement side by side hours after U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross confirmed the U.S. is following through on its threat to impose tariffs of 25 per cent on imported steel and 10 per cent on imported aluminum, citing national security interests.

  • Free trade advocates are now implementing tariffs. As soon as the USA suffers in a free trade environment, up go the walls. Same old shit!

  • @caveport

    Free trade advocates are now implementing tariffs. As soon as the USA suffers in a free trade environment, up go the walls. Same old shit!

    Of core it is old, same old as capitalism.

    Even if it looks like globalization won, capitalists still won't agree on many things, with time they won't agree on more things and usually it ends with war.

  • Somebody will get his ear, eventually. It's got to be grrrrowth, nothing but growth. YOu can't have growth with a trade war, but you can maybe have growth with war. Where will the wheel of war land on?

  • ‘It’s ILLEGAL and could lead to WAR’ Macron in furious outburst at Trump’s EU tariffs

    The French leader will talk to US President Donald Trump on the subject later on Thursday, but that the decision on tariffs closes the door on other talks. But in a stunning outburst, Mr Macron claimed the US was responding to global imbalances with economic and commercial nationalism. He said: “This decision is not only unlawful but it is a mistake in many respects. “Economic nationalism leads to war.”

  • @jleo

    Capitalism leads to war :-)

  • True, but Macron the Capitalist cannot use that word :)

  • Materialism again won:

    My great friendship with President Xi of China and our country's relationship with China are both very important to me. Trade between our nations, however, has been very unfair, for a very long time. This situation is no longer sustainable. China has, for example, long been engaging in several unfair practices related to the acquisition of American intellectual property and technology. These practices, documented in an extensive report published by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on March 22, 2018. harm our economic and national security and deepen our already massive trade imbalance with China.

    In light of China's theft of intellectual property and technology and its other unfair trade practices, the United States will implement a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods from China that contain industrially significant technologies. This includes goods related to China's Made in China 2025 strategic plan to dominate the emerging high-technology industries that will drive future economic growth for China. but hurt economic growth for the United States and many other countries. The United States can no longer tolerate losing our technology and intellectual property through unfair economic practices.

    These tariffs are essential to preventing further unfair transfers of American technology and intellectual property to China. which will protect American jobs. In addition. they will serve as an initial step toward bringing balance to the trade relationship between the United States and China.

    The United States will pursue additional tariffs if China engages in retaliatory measures, such as imposing new tariffs on United States goods, services, or agricultural products: raising non-tariff barriers: or taking punitive actions against American exporters or American companies operating in China.

  • Btw this thing also is one of the reasons of strange behavior of camera companies lately.

  • By DAVID P. GOLDMAN JUNE 21, 2018

    “Just remember, we’re twice the size — our economy — twice the size of China,” US President Donald Trump told reporters June 1. The president is catastrophically misinformed.

    In terms of purchasing power parity, China’s economy overtook the US in 2013, according to the World Bank. Trump meant that China is small enough to be bullied by the United States. That might be the worst estimation of relative strength since Napoleon III launched a war on Prussia in 1870.

    The United States proposes to undertake a trade war while it needs to borrow $1 trillion a year to fund its government deficit for many years to come, and must borrow a large portion of that money overseas.

  • How China’s Economic Aggression Threatens the Technologies and Intellectual Property of the United States and the World.

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  • Based on the Tariffs and Trade Barriers long placed on the U.S. and it great companies and workers by the European Union, if these Tariffs and Barriers are not soon broken down and removed, we will be placing a 20% Tariff on all of their cars coming into the U.S. Build them here!