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"This is a very positive step".

The Chinese government's top diplomat, State Councilor Wang Yi, said during a trip to Russian Federation that China-U.S. talks were not a "one-way street" and needed to be conducted on the basis of equality, according to China's Foreign Ministry. "There can be some retaliation, but it can't be a very substantial by comparison".

According to Hunter, even a major escalation "would still add only a few tenths of a percent to U.S. consumer price inflation", which is already below the U.S. Federal Reserve's 2 percent target.

The retaliation comes as U.S. President Donald Trump signals his intent to slap tariffs on all Chinese imports if Beijing does not give in, suggesting a prolonged standoff between the world's two largest economies that could roil global markets for weeks or months to come.

Numerous fact checks, including an ABC News fact check from December, have found the same.

In the meantime, American consumers will pay the freight for tariffs on China's goods, at least directly, despite Trump's argument.

The president started raising tariffs last July over complaints China steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology and unfairly subsidizes Chinese businesses that are striving to become global leaders in robotics and other technology.

While consumers can choose to buy non-Chinese goods in a number of cases, American shoppers atill feel the impact in the need to alter their buying habits, and will nearly certainly have to pay a higher price for a certain goods because of trade dispute.

Larry Kudlow, the chairman of the president's National Economic Council, conceded Sunday in a TV interview that tariff costs are generally passed through in the form of higher prices for customers.

"Both sides will pay", he told Fox News.

On Monday, Trump told reporters that a new program to relieve USA farmers' pain is being devised and predicted that they will be "very happy".

"Yes, to some extent. Both sides will pay in these things".

"Since we see a trade accord being reached in the not-too-distant future, we don't expect the market to endure more than a short-lived spate of indigestion", said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA. "So if I pay $375 for the TV, I've sent $75 in tariffs to the Treasury Department", he said, demonstrating that the $75 price hike is paid for not by China but by the consumer.

"I say openly to President Xi and all of my many friends in China that China will be hurt very badly if you don't make a deal because companies will be forced to leave China for other countries", Trump said.

Trump has said he is in no rush to finalise a deal with China.

However, Trump recently alleged that China had backed out from the deal.

He recounted telling the secretary and U.S. Trade Representative to respond by putting on the tariffs which would go into effect Friday.

Last Thursday morning the Dow skidded 580 points, only to regain almost 470 by close of trading on Friday.

Earlier, Trump said he would meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a G20 summit in late in June, reigniting hopes for an agreement.

China announced earlier it would impose higher tariffs on a range of US goods, including frozen vegetables and liquefied natural gas, a move that followed Washington's decision last week to hike its own levies on $200 billion in Chinese imports.

China's lead negotiator in the trade talks, Vice Premier Liu He, told journalists on May 10 that an agreement would require Washington removing all extra tariffs, setting realistic targets for Chinese purchases of US goods, and ensuring the text of any deal is "balanced" to ensure the "dignity" of both nations.