(Paul Wiseman – Associated Press)
The United States attacked first, imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from around the globe and threatening to hit tens of billions of dollars in Chinese products.
Now, the world is punching back.
The European Union is set Friday to slap tariffs on $3.4 billion in American products, from whiskey and motorcycles to peanuts and cranberries. India and Turkey have already targeted U.S. products, ranging from rice to autos to sunscreen.
And the highest-stakes fight still looms: In two weeks, the United States is to start taxing $34 billion in Chinese goods. Beijing has vowed to immediately retaliate with its own tariffs on U.S. soybeans and other farm products in a direct shot at President Donald Trump’s supporters in America’s heartland.
The tit-for-tat conflict between the United States and China — the world’s two largest economies — is poised to escalate from there. The rhetoric is already intensifying. Click here to read more.
- Trade War Rages as EU Slaps ‘Political’ Tariffs on U.S. (EurActiv)
- Europe Expands Global Alliances (Washington Insider/Progressive Farmer)
- China Slams ‘Capricious’ U.S. Trade Actions (Global Times)
- Mexico Urges WTO Members to Uphold Free Trade (Xinhua)