Will the US Re-Impose Tariffs?

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Will the US Re-Impose Tariffs?

China is far behind on its commitments to purchase US goods as part of the phase 1 trade deal. According to the non-partisan Peterson Institute for International Economics, China has imported USD 50bn of US goods as of July 2020, less than half of the pro-rated target of USD 100.7 bn. Whether due to willingness or ability, this provides the US with an opening to exert further pressure on the Chinese and threaten, if not re-impose, tariffs that had been reduced or suspended as part of the trade deal.


Will the US Re-Impose Tariffs?
Source: Bloomberg, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Unigestion. Data as at 31 August 2020.

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