In August 2018, Hong Kong-based academic Willy Lam said the trade war had shaken all concerns various Western countries had about China and undermined the authority of Chinese leader Xi Jinping.   Zhang Baohui, a professor of political science at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, similarly stated that the trade war has effectively challenged the myth of Chinese invincibility, saying that tariffs «actually hurt China in a very bad time if the economy is in serious trouble.»  Lighthizer and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were surprised by the magnitude of the changes to the project. The two cabinet officials told reporters on Monday that the Chinese withdrawal triggered Trump`s customs injunction, but did not provide details on the depth and breadth of the revisions. Until September 2019, U.S. automakers reduced capital investment and delayed hiring due to uncertainty caused by the trade war.  In August 2019, Peter Navarro, Trump`s trade adviser, claimed that tariffs do not harm Americans. Politifact considered Navarro`s claim to be «Pants on Fire.»  Not surprisingly, signals from Friday`s mixed trade deal continued as soon as Trump got involved. Geng raised specific questions about the trade talks at the Commerce Ministry, which did not immediately respond to faxed questions from Reuters.
Trump launched tariffs on steel and aluminum in March 2018 and said, «Trade wars are good and easy to win,» but when the conflict continued to escalate until August 2019, Trump said, «I never said China would be easy.»   Stocks returned some of this week`s profits, after President Trump threw cold water at the hope that all tariffs would be removed if the first phase of the trade deal were to be agreed. The US president said he had not agreed to remove all tariffs, which encouraged some soft stock sales. Trump`s trade comments have sent markets in Europe and New York a bit lower. Trump is (again) backtracking – says the US-China trade deal is signed in the US. Cut term: #DOW 27616 -0.21% #SPX 3079 -0.20% #NASDAQ 8199 -0.27% #RUSSELL 1590 -20%. 0.28% #FANG 2807 -0.03% pic.twitter.com/oPKgER9LHX A September 2018 article by Brahma Chellaney said that the US trade war with China was a broader resistance against Chinese mercantilist trade, Investment and credit practices should not be concealed.  According to politifact articles, most economists have stated that «consumers are the main victims of tariffs» and most economists have said that they bear «more risks than benefits.»  Almost all economists who responded to the Associated Press and Reuters polls said Trump`s tariffs would be more damaging than beneficial to the U.S. economy, and some economists advocated alternative ways for the U.S. to deal with its trade deficit with China.      Lawrence J.
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