Global stocks, oil suffer as U.S.-China trade spat heats up

US President Donald Trump- shown here at the White House earlier this month- has taken a tough stance on trade in his second year in office

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The move comes just three days after the president detailed an initial $50 billion in imports that would be taxed an additional 25 percent, which he said was punishment for the theft of intellectual property from USA companies, as well as the trade gap between the two countries. "Rather than altering those practices, it is now threatening United States companies, workers and farmers who have done nothing wrong".

To respond to Trump's threat to impose tariffs on as much as $250 billion worth of Chinese goods, Beijing would have to find other ways to respond.

While on the campaign trail, Trump has repeatedly criticized China's economic and trade practices. Both nations started putting trade tariffs in motion that are set to take effect July 6.

Washington and Beijing appeared increasingly headed toward open trade conflict after negotiations failed to resolve US complaints over Chinese industrial policies, lack of market access in China and a $375 billion USA trade deficit.

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The US "practice of extreme pressure and blackmail departed from the consensus reached by both sides during multiple negotiations and has also greatly disappointed worldwide society", China's commerce ministry said in a statement on its website. He added that China is a "predatory economic government" that is "long overdue in being tackled", matters that include IP theft and Chinese steel and aluminium flooding the United States market.

Trump's latest salvo in a brewing trade war would mean a sizable amount of Chinese goods shipped to the US would be exposed to tariff threats and raises new questions about the impact on American consumers.

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The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) together with a group of non-OPEC producers that includes Russian Federation started withholding oil supplies in 2017 to end a global glut and prop up prices. Since 1 June, steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico have been hit with tariffs of 25 percent and 10 percent respectively.

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Wall Street has viewed the escalating trade tensions with wariness, fearful they could strangle the economic growth achieved during Trump's watch.

He said China's recent claims of "openness and globalisation" are "a joke". "But it's a joke", Pompeo said. "This is predatory economics 101".

The White House said it would consult on tariffs on the other $16bn of products, and would apply these later. American farmers export about $14 billion worth of soybeans to China each year and have been voicing concerns about what a trade war could do to their livelihoods.

Pompeo on Monday described USA actions as "economic diplomacy", which, when done right, strengthens national security and worldwide alliances, he added. "We will continue using all available tools to create a better and fairer trading system for all Americans".

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"Therefore, today, I directed the United States Trade Representative to identify $US200 billion worth of Chinese goods for additional tariffs at a rate of 10 per cent", Trump said.

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