China steel cuts too slow for West

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There is no free trade, but the USA imposes fewer tariffs than nearly any other country - half the average weighted tariffs imposed by China, one-third those imposed by Mexico and one-quarter what India imposes. South Korea needs to work with the worldwide community to develop practical measures to tackle Washington's growing trade protectionism effectively and also sharpen the global competitive edge of the local steel industry.

But no matter all that.

President Trump's claim that trade wars can be easily won is as credible as the neoconservative claim that the Iraq War would be a cakewalk. Too bad this won't stick much. The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. Steel has plans to reopen a blast furnace in Granite City, Illinois, and call back 500 workers.

A possible trade war could have just as strong an effect for USA companies, but in the opposite direction.

Victor Gao: I think the tariffs to be imposed by the USA on these exporters of steel and aluminum products to the U.S. are the wrong sanctions and are the wrong thing for the United States to do. Even though Canada and Mexico are initially exempted, Trump has threatened to claw them back in if they fail to treat the U.S. "fairly" in future Nafta re-negotiations. "I'm very good to people who are good to me".

Misdirected metal tariffs are hardly the only way our dealmaker in chief has revealed himself to be a less-than-slick negotiator with China.

"In 2017, the USA trade gap leaped 12.1 percent to a nine-year high of $566 billion", as reported by MarketWatch, which attributed the rise "to high oil prices and also to a strengthening economy".

Golly, a whole One Billion Dollars! "Every year $800 billion".

Astonishingly, Trump's $99 billion rounding error wasn't even the only flub in that Twitter missive.

China accounts for roughly half of the $800 billion American trade deficit in goods. "But we are not afraid, we will stand up to the bullies", European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstr├Âm told journalists Monday. You can bet Beijing noticed. We also know they face real challenges, including concerns around global overcapacity and our integrated North American market.

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On average, the EU applies a 3 percent tariff on US products, while the average tariff applied by the U.S.is 2.4 percent, the European Commission said, adding that isolating cars is "cherry-picking".

Among Trump's first orders of business upon taking office, however, was to pull out of the pact.

"We finished 2017 in a good position".

Planned retaliation from the European Union over President Trump's metal tariffs would hit a wide range of industries and impact many parts of the country, including NY, according to a draft obtained by the Daily News. He wants to make access to US markets contingent on foreigners' playing by the rules (e.g., paying full price for the research costs of our technologies).

The White House declined to comment.

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent top economic adviser Liu He to Washington at the end of February in an effort to pre-empt Trump's protectionist measures.

To some observers, that turnaround might still count as a failure because the company recovered not on its own but with the help of regulations that, by their very nature, interfere with the free market, limiting consumer choices and putting upward pressure on prices.1 But clearly the tariffs accomplished their basic goal, blunting competition from Japan in order to give an iconic US company breathing room to catch up. So he viewed the market's recent drop as an opportunity to buy at lower prices at a time when the economy is continuing to grow and corporate profits keep piling higher.

I understand that Trump the developer liked to make special deals, but when presidents do that, it's crony capitalism - crapitalism.

A European Commission spokesman said Trump was "cherry-picking" particular tariffs to highlight differences, and maintained that average tariffs were very similar on each side of the Atlantic at about 3.0 percent for products into Europe and 2.4 percent into the United States.

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