Trump defends China tariffs and claims 'great patriot farmers' will reap benefits

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The administration plans to extend the 25 percent tariff to another $300 billion in goods, which would cover almost everything Americans import from China, including computers and cellphones. "You can also buy from a non-Tariffed country instead of China".

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt told VOA, "If there's a trade fight worth having, it's a trade fight with China. You had a great deal, nearly completed, & you backed out!" he tweeted on Monday.

On Monday, he said his administration would provide about US$15 billion (S$20.5 billion) in aid to farmers whose products were targeted by Chinese tariffs.

In a series of tweets, Trump promised a new deal with China would be reached soon and made a case for how farmers would benefit from a tariff increase that many of them oppose.

A day after China retaliated with imposing $60 billion tariffs on USA goods, the foreign ministry said it will remain calm and level-headed in the face of flip-flops and maximum pressure from the U.S. side.

Kudlow argues that the price is worth paying if the tariffs pressure China to address American complaints about subsidies, restrictions on access to the Chinese market, intellectual property theft, and mandated transfers of technology and ownership stakes. "They have not been fair traders".

"The sentiment out in farm country is getting grimmer by the day", said John Heisdorffer, the chairman of the American Soybean Association.

"We have to be allowed to make up some of the tremendous ground we have lost to China on Trade since the ridiculous one sided formation of the WTO", he said. They have these rules that force US companies to transfer technology.

"The question is what's the smartest, most effective way to do it", Van Hollen said. "I think it's going to turn out extremely well".

"The relationship I have with President Xi is extraordinary".

Trump's reality with regard to China, which he explained to reporters at the White House Tuesday, might be more believable if China were the only nation with which Trump was tangling. They must be a part of U.S. action.

Analyst David Lampton, a fellow at the Stanford Asia Pacific Research Center in Palo Alto, California, said he sees the United States and China as competing to be more than just a dominant economic force.

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