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China's retaliatory duties on US agricultural products will hurt America more

US President Donald Trump's new tariffs on Chinese agricultural products are likely to hurt the Asian nation a lot less than the retaliatory duties Beijing already imposes on the US

China's retaliatory duties on US agricultural products will hurt America more

US President Donald Trump's new tariffs on Chinese agricultural products are likely to hurt the Asian nation a lot less than the retaliatory duties Beijing already imposes on the US

20 August 2019 - 19:00

US President Donald Trump's new tariffs on Chinese agricultural products are likely to hurt the Asian nation a lot less than the retaliatory duties Beijing already imposes on the US.

The White House, while delaying tariffs on big-ticket consumer products until December, decided to push ahead with 10 per cent tariffs on Chinese agricultural products as well as antiques, clothes, kitchenware and footwear from September 1. The list ranges from the exotic - live primates, whales and foxes - to the more usual fare of milk and edible oils, reports Bloomberg.



But the amount of farm products China exports to the US is much smaller than what it imports from America, even with the retaliatory tariffs in place. China shipped US$3.1 billion worth of farm goods to America in the first half of this year, while it purchased $5.6 billion of US agricultural items over the same period, according to Chinese customs data.



One area where Beijing may feel some pain is in textile exports. The material is already subject to US tariffs and shipments have been falling, according to an industry trade agency. Sales of garments to the US fell 19 per cent in the first half of this year and will drop further as more textile products have been included in the fresh US tariffs, the trade group said. This could hurt China's cotton imports, which were recently revised down by China's agriculture ministry.


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