Is Either Side Winning the U.S.–China Trade War?

August 31, 2018

Is Either Side Winning the U.S. – China Trade War

Given everything that’s going on in the markets it is easy to get confused about what’s happening in our trade war with China, especially since the U.S. has engaged several other countries with tariffs, or at least threats of them. For all the back and forth that has occurred, the current situation isn’t overly complicated. So far, the U.S. and China have both implemented a 25% tariff on $50B worth of imports from one another. The U.S. is threatening an additional tariff on $200B worth of Chinese goods, which is now undergoing the mandatory review process. In response, China is planning to retaliate with tariffs on $60B should the U.S. enact this additional tariff. This would put a tariff on nearly all goods exported from the U.S. to China.

This potentially means the U.S. has the upper hand, since if these tariffs are implemented China will be left with little room to escalate things further, at least through traditional means. However, this doesn’t mean things will be resolved quickly or that the U.S. economy won’t feel any pain. In fact, the U.S. has already seen some impact as this week the Trump administration was forced to provide $4.7B in relief from the USDA to help farmers make up some of the losses from the trade conflict. At this point there’s no serious talk about a deal, so while many may be hoping for a quick resolution to the trade dispute things could get worse before they get better.

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