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Trade war with China to hit farmers: US lawmakers

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The US' with that has resulted in increased tariffs on import of each other's products would have an adverse impact on farmers, top American lawmakers have said, urging to protect products from tariffs.

In a letter, Senators John Thune, and Congressman urged Trump to make US exports a priority with trading partners around the world.

"We appreciate and support your administration's efforts to address a broad spectrum of trade inequities. We do not support, however, making exports, which have been the exception to such trade inequities, bear the brunt of retaliatory actions in response to current US trade policies, the letter said.

"As you continue to pursue trade negotiations to address unfair trade practices and other trade barriers, we strongly urge you to make US agricultural exports a priority of those negotiations and to negotiate with our trading partners to protect from all existing and future tariffs, the three lawmakers said.

Congressman John Curtis, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauded Trump for pushing back on China's "unfair and predatory" trade practices, but said he is very concerned about what the harsh realities of a rapidly escalating with will mean for businesses and families.

has often sought to steal US intellectual property, manipulate their currency, and saturate the market with excess capacity in commodities like and aluminum, all to the detriment of American businesses and the US economy, he said.

While I believe that tariffs are certainly one tool in the toolbox for balancing our trade imbalance with China, I believe the administration should also look to leverage other tools as well, Curtis said.

Senator said that Trump is taking a different approach, sometimes controversial, but he only wants one thing for and that's results and a level playing field with the rest of the world.

Senator met with members of the Soybean Growers Association to discuss the trade war's impact on farmers, as well as progress on the Farm Bill and other efforts to boost the state's agriculture industry.

The has announced to hold a hearing entitled The Effects of Tariffs on US Agriculture and Rural Communities, on July 18.

"When the US uses such as tariffs, it should do so in a way that does not harm American farmers, consumers, workers and manufacturers, either through the negative effects of the tariffs themselves or by attracting retaliation by other countries that destroys our ability to sell high-quality American-made goods and services around the globe, Reichert said.

Ramping up the US-China trade war, the yesterday announced 10 per cent tariffs on an additional USD 200 billion worth of Chinese imports, prompting to warn of "counter measures" to safeguard its interests.

The Trump administration's move comes after the US imposed 25 per cent tariffs on Chinese goods worth USD 34 billion last Friday. immediately responded with its own tariffs on US goods worth USD 34 billion. The retaliatory tariffs that China enacted Friday targeted US cars and major agricultural goods, such as soybeans and meat.

Meanwhile, Senator Mark R Warner, of the Select Committee on Intelligence and a member of the Banking and Finance committees, expressed grave concerns of military and the intelligence community, which are unanimous in their conclusion that ZTE a state-controlled company with ties to presents an ongoing threat to the US' security.

"I also share many of the concerns the has voiced in the past about China's unfair trade practices, which have cheated American workers and permitted Chinese companies to steal the intellectual property of American firms with virtually no consequences, he said.

"This sweetheart deal not only ignores these serious issues, it lets ZTE off the hook for evading sanctions against and with a slap on the wrist, Warner said.

Allowing ZTE to resume business is a direct betrayal of Trump's promise to be tough on China and protect American workers, said Senator Chuck Schumer, the

"The administration's terrible ZTE deal will undermine our national and economic security, which is exactly why the Senate overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation to retroactively tear it apart, he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 11:50 IST