Chinese state media accuse US of 'mobster mentality'.

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-China trade war. That first $34 billion came with a plan to implement a second tranche of tariffs on $16 billion in Chinese goods at an unspecified later date, to reach a total of $50 billion. He also has threatened levies on an additional $200 billion of Chinese products in the next month, Beijing responded to Trump's first wave by matching duties on a similar amount of us imports and has threatened to retaliate against any further USA tariffs.

"After more than a century of hard work, China has returned to the centre of the world stage, and this is the basic fact we must observe in the China-US trade friction", the paper wrote.

Customs officials will begin collecting the border tax August 23, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said. Earlier, Trump informed the U.S. Trade Representative to develop a list of $200 billion of Chinese products for a 10% tariff.

"China was forced to take the countermeasures" in response to a USA plan to raise tariffs to be imposed on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10% to 25%, the commission said.

After months of escalation, business executives in both countries are wondering when and how the trade confrontation will end.

Sources close to the government told Reuters that frictions with the United States were causing rifts within China's Communist Party, with some critics saying that an overly nationalistic Chinese stance may have hardened the U.S. position.

Companies are already adjusting to the new trade barriers, and shifting supply chains away from China.

"The higher-than-expected imports were pushed up by energy prices, which narrowed the trade balance", said Iris Pang, greater China economist at ING Wholesale Banking in Hong Kong. Longer term contract negotiations could also be affected.

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China's domestic market will play an even more important role in future economic development.

However, the compromises China is considering on Made in China 2025 seem small, so far. The list identifies OCC and all other recovered fiber materials among the product codes that would be hit with the 25 percent duty.

A "group of 13 CEOs and senior White House staff" attended a dinner with Trump on Tuesday, August 7.

The latest hike follows a series of tweets by Trump last weekend in which he claimed the USA was "winning" the trade war against China. "Trump said he had told Xi as much to his face".

However, key anti-China hawks in the Trump administration, particularly Lighthizer and White House economic adviser Peter Navarro, insist that Chinese efforts to do the same threaten the economic and ultimately the military supremacy of the United States and can not be tolerated. That leaves only about $20 billion for penalty tariffs after increases that have already been imposed or threatened on US goods are counted. Rather than be surprised by the US's constant pressure, China was well prepared. "There has been little romance between America condom makers and Chinese consumers, who tend to choose other foreign brands over American ones..."

So that leads us to the latest casualty of the trade war between the Trump administration and the Chinese government: condoms. The surplus was 28.09 billion dollars to the USA, when in June it was 28.9 billion.

Exports rose 12.2pc in July in dollar terms from a year earlier, the customs administration said, faster than the forecast 10pc. "Retailers of home appliances saw the biggest decline, with a 9.9 percent drop, followed by daily necessities, which fell 5.7 per cent..." He pointed to the fall in Chinse stock markets, down by more than 25 percent so far this year, and the fall in its currency, the yuan.