Trump warns further China tariffs 'ready to go'

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After Apple hinted at increasing the price of its products owing to tariffs on China, US President Donald Trump has once again asked the iPhone maker to shift manufacturing from Beijing to Washington.

The July began imposing tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese industrial imports.

This week, Apple said that the tariffs would amount to a 25 percent tax on products like the Apple Pencil, AirPods, Apple Watch, HomePod, Mac Mini, and others (or individual components used in them) shipped to the United States, and that those costs would likely be passed along to customers.

"That totally changes the equation", Trump said.

The tariffs that Trump has imposed and threatened add up to $517 billion, more than the $505 billion in Chinese goods that entered the country previous year.

"It is hard to see how tariffs that hurt US companies and USA consumers will advance the Government's objectives with respect to China's technology policies".

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The U.S. Trade Representative's public notice and comment period for the proposed additional tariffs ended Thursday.

Apple voiced its concerns about these tariffs in a public filing Friday, arguing that tariffs could make a wide range of products the company is selling to US consumers more expensive.

Chinese exports to the United States rose to $44.4 billion in August, a 13.2 percent increase from the same period past year, according to customs data.

"There is still an impact from front-loading of exports, but the main reason (for still-solid export growth) is strong growth in the USA economy", said Zhang Yi, an economist at Zhonghai Shengrong Capital Management.

The chip maker points to a study from the trade group, the Consumer Technology Association, which estimates the proposed tariffs will increase prices for USA electronics by 6 percent.

Mr. Cook personally has encouraged President Trump to avoid a major trade confrontation with China, telling the president during one-on-one meetings dating back to late 2016 that it would negatively affect American companies including Apple, according to a person familiar with those meetings.

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That would cover virtually all the goods imported from the world's second largest economy. "The traditional method of calculating the U.S. trade balance attributes the entire value of our products to the country where final assembly is located, in most cases China".

Trump is getting a last-minute earful from prominent technology companies and retailers as he considers whether to follow through with his plan to ratchet up tariffs on Chinese exports.

What was most notable about the letter is the fact that the iPhone was not listed in the products that would be affected by the tariff proposal. On Friday President Trump said he was prepared to punish China with additional duties, this time on $267 billion in Chinese goods.

USA companies are joining forces to oppose a common threat-tariffs. "U.S. businesses and citizens-not Chinese companies or the government-pay these tariffs on USA imports".

The presidential tweet was the latest salvo in a dispute between the Trump administration and companies that fear tariffs will hurt their business.

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