During his 2016 campaign, Donald Trump made the US-China Trade War a significant component of his platform. While in office, the Trump administration implemented strict tariffs on Chinese goods, and the Biden administration has continued and even expanded these measures. Now, as Trump looks to secure the Republican presidential nomination again, he is proposing even higher tariffs on Chinese goods, potentially reaching 60% or more.
The potential impact of this tariff increase on the US economy and global trade is uncertain, and it raises questions about inflation, domestic manufacturing, and trade relationships with other countries. To shed light on the impact of these potential tariffs, Tom Orlik, chief economist at Bloomberg Economics, and Mackenzie Hawkins, US industrial policy reporter for Bloomberg News, are interviewed in this episode. Their analysis provides key insights into the economic effects of tariffs and their consensus around China tariffs in DC.
Orlik discusses manufacturing protectionism beyond China and its potential impact on the US economy. He also analyzes the knock-on effects of more tariffs and their relationship with global trade. Meanwhile, Hawkins explores the relationship between tariffs and clean energy transition in China. She also examines China’s perception of Biden versus Trump and Russia’s economic cooperation with China.
The episode also delves into the “leakiness” of additional tariffs on Chinese goods. It explores how some countries may retaliate with similar measures or find alternative markets for their products.
Overall, this analysis offers valuable insights into the potential implications of further escalating tariffs on Chinese goods. It highlights how such actions can have unintended consequences that go beyond just affecting China’s economy but also have a ripple effect globally.
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