China is the largest market for U.S. soy and the threat of tariffs on exports of the commodity has the potential to whip up trade anxieties in stalwart Republican areas.
China has wasted no time in firing back after President Donald Trump's salvo against its high-tech products. "Now we have a Trade Deficit of $500 Billion a year, with Intellectual Property Theft of another $300 Billion".
But Trump came to power on a campaign platform that committed to putting "America first" on trade and jobs, rhetoric he is now turning into action through protectionist measures, of which he said there will be "many".
Trump said last month trade wars are "easy to win".
China did not say when the tariffs would take effect.
Beijing's "Made in China 2025" strategy is transparent and not discriminatory, and is in line with World Trade Organization rules, Wang also said. He also threatened to tear up a trade deal with South Korea.
The department, led by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, proposed a range of tariffs in February 2018 including 24% on steel and 7.7% on aluminum.
"We pay the highest tariffs on average of any product", Steve Lamar, executive vice president of the American Apparel and Footwear Association, told CBS MoneyWatch last week.
China will struggle to replace USA soybean supplies after implementing an additional 25 percent tariff on American shipments, likely inflicting severe financial pain on domestic companies, analysts and executives at feedmakers said. Investors are having to weigh the growing protectionist rhetoric between the U.S. and China against the chances of measures having a meaningful effect on the still-upbeat global growth picture.
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"China's response was tougher than what the market was expecting - investors didn't foresee the country levying additional tariffs on sensitive and important products such as soybeans and airplanes", said Gao Qi, Singapore-based strategist at Scotiabank. The U.S.is the second-largest supplier of soybeans to China, after Brazil, and soybean farmers previous year sent $14 billion worth of the crop to China.
Washington's move, broadly flagged in March, is aimed at forcing Beijing to address what Washington says is deeply entrenched theft of US intellectual property and forced technology transfer from USA companies to Chinese competitors, charges Chinese officials deny.
One of the notable casualties of the Chinese tariffs is a United States company that's owned by China.
Industries including aerospace, information and communications technology, robotics and machinery were among those targeted by the U.S. Trade Representative on Tuesday.
"We hope that the USA side, with sense and long-term picture in mind, refrain from going further down the wrong path", the Chinese Embassy in the United States said in a statement on Wednesday.
With trade war concerns resurfacing, stocks are likely to come under pressure in early trading on Wednesday.
Unsurprisingly, the global financial markets have balked at the release of China's 106 and when considering the fact that China is the world's largest importer of Soybeans, moving away from the U.S to alternative sources is going to have a drastic impact, not just on the U.S, but also on China.
U.S. orange juice, certain sorghum products, cotton, some types of wheat, as well as trucks, some sport-utility vehicles, and certain electric vehicles, will also be subject to the new tariffs, according to the Chinese Finance Ministry.