Rare Earth Stocks Are Rising Due to Chinese Export Threat

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"The escalation of the trade war between China and the United States will seriously affect their development in China and the world", Dong said.

Deadlock with the Asian giant comes as President Donald Trump is expanding his trade fights on multiple fronts. This triggered an escalating series of tariffs and retaliatory tariffs announced by both countries.

USA stocks dropped on Friday, putting the S&P 500 on track for its first monthly drop of the year after President Donald Trump's surprise threat of tariffs on Mexico fueled fears increasing trade wars could lead to a recession.

For months, the world's two biggest economies have been locked in a standoff over allegations that China deploys predatory tactics - including stealing trade secrets and forcing foreign companies to hand over technology - in a drive to supplant US technological dominance.

The White House laid out an escalating schedule of tariff increases if Trump's demands are not met: 10% on July 1, 15% on August 1, 20% on September 1 and 25% on October 1.

"This lesson I think we all remember it clearly", he said. "They would like to make a deal".

The U.S. has accused China of stealing trade secrets and forced technology transfers.

The tariffs, which came into effect on Saturday, cover a total of 5,140 USA products including liquefied natural gas as well as petrochemical and food goods, whose tariff levels were lifted to up to 25 percent from the current 10 percent. The Mexican peso plunged 2.5% against the United States dollar.

The US imports far more from China than China does from the US - one of the reasons for the trade war.

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The sense of momentum supporters tried to build for a new North American trade agreement has turned to whiplash. Trump is pushing Congress to change US law to make it more hard for the migrants to claim asylum.

Concerning the impact of retaliatory tariffs on US -made products - 50 percent say tariffs on USA goods imposed by other countries hurt our national economy and just 8 percent say they help. This is amidst trade tensions between the U.S. and China, the world's largest producer of rare earths.

Xi and Trump are likely to find it "difficult" to make major progress towards ending the trade war, a former top Chinese official said.

Trade talks between officials of the world's two biggest economies broke off recently, but U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said he likely will travel to Beijing "in the near future" to continue negotiations.

Renewed hostility between China and the U.S. will likely accelerate a global economic downturn, following an unforeseen "turn for the worst" in the relations between the two giants, investment professionals have warned.

Of course, soybeans are just one part of a larger picture. "It would be really bad if the U.S. caved right now".

"We don't want to lose the German consumer", Boockvar wrote. China responded by announcing that it would increase tariffs on $60 billion in American products on June 1, giving some room for a potential resolution which has not materialised. "He miscalculated the U.S. and the USA had miscalculated China as it looks to the Chinese economic slowdown and concludes quickly that it has the advantage in the negotiations without appreciating all the tools that China has in hand to cause pain to consumers and exporters".

(GRAPHIC-Trump's trade war and the S&P 500 link: tmsnrt.rs/2WCTIM5). "The 25% tariff imposed by the USA will accelerate this trend". The statement from the Cabinet spokesman's office said that China has kept its word throughout 11 rounds of talks and will honor its commitments if a trade agreement is reached.

In some cases, like the rare-earth content of Apple's iPhones, the final assembly of the consumer product takes place in China; to stop those rare earths from getting to US consumers, China would have to ban consumer product exports.

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