Adidas, Nike, Puma say new tariffs on China would be ‘catastrophic’

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The companies noted that the tariffs on footwear average 11.3% and reach rates as high as 67.5%.

While many companies and industries want to see changes in China's policies, including resolving the issue of theft of U.S. technology, they oppose using tariffs as the primary weapon.

The U.S. imposed import taxes of 25 per cent on Canadian steel and 10 per cent on aluminum a year ago as a pressure tactic when negotiations on a new North American free-trade agreement got hard.

"Your proposal to add tariffs on all imports from China is asking the American consumer to foot the bill", the chafing shoe companies said.

But he said he had told Chinese President Xi Jinping before the most recent rounds of talks that any deal could not be "50-50" between the two countries and had to be more in favor of the United States because of past trade practices by China.

"I think one of the things that we saw very clearly, and the Americans learned, is that Canadians were going to stay firm", Trudeau said at Aluminerie Alouette, in the town on the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

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The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said on Monday that compelled transfers of technology to Chinese firms in exchange for market access are increasing for European companies despite Beijing saying the problem does not exist. Curbing state subsidies has proven a more hard issue.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said he didn't know what Trump was talking about.

"We strategically put a significant number of American products and produce under tariffs and that had an impact on governors, on members of Congress, who continued to talk to the president and to members of the administration about lifting these tariffs". "From the start this wouldn't work".

"It seems as if the US takes it for granted that it has the absolute say over everything in its dealings with the rest of the world, which has to take whatever the USA dishes out no matter how arbitrary and despotic that is", China Daily said.

"It seems as if the US takes it for granted that it has the absolute say over everything in its dealings with the rest of the world, which has to take whatever the USA dishes out no matter how arbitrary and despotic that is", China Daily said.

"But China will not take it and neither will Huawei".

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