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Trade war hots up

May 14, 2019

Despite holding talks to avoid escalating the trade dispute, the US president declares new tariffs on further billions of Chinese goods, a day after ramping up duties on a range of imports China responds.

China is striking back at the United States as the trade war between the world’s two biggest economies continues to escalate. Beijing said Monday that it will increase tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent on roughly $60 billion (€53 billion) worth of US goods. The change will come into effect on the 1st of June. This follows Friday’s increase in US tariffs on $200 billion (€178 billion) of Chinese exports.

The 10 percent tariff was introduced in September last year in response to the introduction of tariffs on a range of Chinese goods. The 1st of June increase to 25 percent will affect more than 4,000 items.

American concerns about access to the Chinese market and intellectual property theft were at the heart of the latest round of talks between US and Chinese negotiators that ended on Friday without an agreement.

Deficit

China exports approximately $540 billion (€480 billion) worth of goods to the US, and roughly $250 billion (€222 billion) is subject to tariffs. While the US exports $120 billion (€106 billion) to China and $110 billion (€97 billion) is subject to tariffs. Meanwhile, the US administration looking to apply tariffs of 25 percent to the remaining $300 billion (€267 billion) worth of goods that China exports to the United States.

ICT Spend

In February The Recycler reported that the International Data Corporation (IDC), said business spending on information and communication technologies (ICT) will be caught in “the crossfire of headwinds and tailwinds over the next five years,” as a softening global economy puts pressure on the ability of organisations to increase technology budgets; at the same time their growth and competitiveness is increasingly dependent on digital transformation, artificial intelligence (AI), and data analytics.

OpEd

The trade dispute will have an impact on both sides and will see a slowing of global growth, which is not good news for the office imaging sector which continues to experience year on year decline.

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