Trade Deficit Widens to Record Level

Trade Deficit Widens to Record Level

Trade Deficit Widens to Record Level

David Dollar, economist, expert on China and senior fellow at the China Center at the Brookings Institute, told students and faculty the world is nervous about rising protectionism in the US and America's imposition of trade tariffs on China during a lecture February 26 in Mandeville Hall.

But Trump, speaking in Hanoi, Vietnam, after ending negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without reaching an agreement on that communist nation's nuclear program, added, "I am always prepared to walk". The U.S. responded with additional tariffs of its own, and China responded in kind.

Trump campaigned on raising some tariffs on imports to 35 percent.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the total U.S. trade deficit with China hit $419 billion during 2018, an increase of $43.6 billion over 2017.

By hinting at broad tariffs on the Chinese goods, he has been able to bring Beijing to negotiate talks with the U.S. Talks are continuing on a positive note.

"While the renewed risk appetite is seen boosting European and US stocks, investors should consider how much upside is left, given that markets have been actively pricing in the possible resolution to the trade saga". It was the tariff created to get China's attention.

Official trade data due to be released on Wednesday also are expected to show the US trade deficit in goods with the world hitting a new record in 2018 because of the combination of a surge in imports to get ahead of the new tariffs past year and slowing exports.

Still, the U.S. president has repeatedly delayed implementing higher duties on goods to give the two sides more time to strike a broad deal.


Speaking at a daily news briefing in Beijing on Tuesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said he hoped the lawmakers would "respect the facts" and "refrain from smears and actions that could damage the China-U.S. relationship". Trump has taken measures to fight trade deficits, including urging companies to manufacture in the USA, and renegotiating trade deals with partners like the European Union and China.

Senior White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a briefing at the White House in Washington.

"Billions of dollars, right now, are pouring into our Treasury", he told the Conservative Political Action Conference, adding that Chinese exporters are absorbing nearly the entire burden of the tariffs. "We also have our timetable, and don't need to make concessions".

New studies have added to the evidence that the US-China trade war is inflicting pain on US consumers and businesses, even while President Donald Trump insists that the US is well positioned to weather the storm should he back away from a trade deal.

Following a spat between the USA and the EU when America lifted tariffs on steel and aluminium, Mr Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker a year ago reached a truce.

Another source familiar with the talks said that Washington and Beijing were close to agreement on non-enforcement issues, including China's pledges to increase purchases of farm, energy and manufactured products, as well as six agreements on structural policy changes.

President Trump is expected to hold a summit with his Chinese counterpart at Mar-a-Lago later this month. -China economic relations and China's rise to global economic prominence, Dollar said that when China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001 the USA negotiated to get access to markets in China. China's yuan was holding around eight-month highs.

The White House will treat this deal as a so-called executive agreement, that doesn't require the Congressional stamp of approval, because there won't be changes to U.S. tariff lines.

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