Apple faces Trump's ire after company says tariffs would hurt products

13 Septembre, 2018, 15:42 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Ford canceled plans to import a car from China because of tariffs. Contrary to Trump's tweet the carmaker says it can't make money building it here

The company is highly exposed to a trade war between the USA and China.

Sedans and other small cars are falling out of favor with Americans.

Some components for Apple products, including glass from manufacturers like Corning, are made in the United States, the company has said.

Ford promptly shot down such a prospect, responding that "it would not be profitable" for the company to build the vehicle in the United States because of the relatively low sales volume it has forecast.

"The overall trend for the US economy remains positive", said Lachlan McPherson, Senior Investment Consultant at Charles Schwab Australia.

Wei Jianguo, vice-president of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, said China has no intention of challenging USA global dominance, adding that it will certainly take a long time to reduce its reliance on the US.

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The Ford Focus Active has never been sold in the US, and Ford does not now import any vehicles from China. That might add to Washington's frustration and prompt more import controls. On Friday, Trump said he is ready to impose tariffs on all Chinese imports, worth more than $500 billion. China's trade surplus with the United States widened to a record $31 billion. Chinese imports of USA goods rose 11.1 per cent to $13.3 billion.

Beijing matched Washington's first round of tariffs on $50 billion of goods. In the period in-between, Apple warned in a letter sent earlier this month to the USA exchange consultant that a attainable fresh round of tariffs would "amplify the cost of Apple merchandise that our prospects hang nearly about rely on of their day-to-day lives."In addressing Apple, Mr. Trump proposed what he referred to as "an effortless solution": "Make your merchandise within the united states instead of China".

Fang Aiqing, former vice-minister of commerce, said multilateralism, a core principle of the WTO, was facing an unprecedented challenge, and that the U.S. tariff measures were to the detriment of the global trading order. The US's ability to continue to dominate telecommunications technology, including the upcoming fifth-generation phone networks, will be hampered by the levy on imports from China.

Chinese regulators have so far targeted farm goods and other exports from states that supported Trump in the 2016 election. The industry group Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association has expressed concern over tariffs on raw metal, saying they have a destabilizing effect on US manufacturing and that the process of asking for exemptions is "opaque, inconsistent and inaccessible".

According to the South China Morning Post, the Dow Jones industrial average plummeted by 140 points or.59 percent and the S&P followed suit by more than.30 percent.

Long Guoqiang, vice-president of the Development Research Center of the State Council, said China has ensured fair treatment for its goods, personnel and capital overseas.

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