Dow Jones drops as China retaliates with tariffs on US goods

The Dow Jones tumbles 600 points as China retaliates against the US in a trade dispute.

US trader after China raises tariffs on US Source: Bloomberg

The US-China trade war continues with China retaliating against US tariffs on Chinese-made goods. China will increase taxes on $60 billion worth of US imports by as much as 25%, worrying investors and causing the Dow Jones to plummet by as much as 700 points.

How is the US-China trade war impacting Wall Street?

The US-China trade impasse will affect many US businesses that trade with China and use the nation’s imported goods. China’s finance ministry released a statement noting that the tariff increase is in response to the US raising tariffs on Chinese imports by 25%.

‘China’s adjustment on additional tariffs is a response to U.S. unilateralism and protectionism. China hopes the U.S. will get back to the right track of bilateral trade and economic consultations and meet with China halfway,’ said the ministry in a statement.

US President, Donald Trump, tweeted about Chinese President, Xi Jinping, and the US-China trade deal falling through.

‘You[China] had a great deal, almost completed, & you backed out!’ tweeted Trump.

After Trump tweeted about China’s tariffs, the Asian nation answered by imposing tariffs on US imports.

Will the US-China trade war hurt the US economy?

IG analyst, Kyle Rodda, noted that an escalation of tariffs on all goods imported and exported between China and the US would hurt the global economy. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the current round of tariffs caused US businesses to pass costs totaling $1.4 billion a month on to consumers.

Though there is pessimism about the US-China trade impasse, Neel Kashkari, Minneapolis Fed Chair president, said that the US economy is strong enough to withstand the latest taxes.

‘Relative to China, the US is in a very strong position. Not only is our economy bigger, our economy is much less sensitive to trade. Trade is important to the US economy, but it’s much more important to the Chinese economy, just as a share of its economy,’ said Kashkari.

‘So if there’s a tit-for-tat strategy, and I’m not advocating it, but a tit-for-tat strategy would seem to lean toward the US strength rather than the China strength,’ added Kashkari.

With the US-China trade talks collapsing and tariffs increasing, investors will see how the latest conflict between the two nations will play out.


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