Large retailers urge Trump against China tariffs

Lucy Bush
March 20, 2018

Reuters first reported on the US$60 billion in tariffs last week.

If implemented, the tariff package could draw retaliation from China, further fraying the trade partnership between two of the world's largest economies.

Wal-Mart is among 25 USA retailers who have signed the letter that was sent to the White House, Monday.

The administration is also considering clamping down on Chinese investments in the U.S. and imposing tariffs on a broad range of its imports to punish Beijing for alleged theft of intellectual property, according to people familiar with the matter. "We must do right by American families while also addressing harmful technology practices".

"Yet were this investigation to result in a broadly applied tariff remedy on imports from China, it would hurt American households with higher prices and exacerbate a USA tariff system that is already stacked against working families", the letter said.

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On Monday, Walmart, Ikea, Target and nine other large retail brands in the US signed a petition to urge the Trump administration to halt the anti-China tariff plan.

"We urge the administration not to impose tariffs and to work with the business community to find an effective, but measured, solution to China's protectionist trade policies and practices that protects American jobs and competitiveness", the groups wrote.

Trade associations publicly pushing back against Trump's tariff plans include the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Retail Federation and the Information Technology Industry Council.

But the groups say they worry that imposing additional tariffs on China are isn't the best way to respond.

The letter says that the groups agree that the administration is right to consider acting against China to protect United States intellectual property.

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"I'm glad they think it's a big problem, because we've been saying this for years", Robert Atkinson, president of the ITIF, said of USTR's focus on China's alleged disregard for U.S. IP.

The RILA letter underscores the lack of broad support Trump has for his planned China tariffs, that would likely see the cost of many popular items bought across America, rise.

"Imposition of unilateral tariffs by the administration would only serve to split the United States from its allies, hinder joint action to effectively address shared challenges", said the letter.

Potentially broader anti-China tariffs and investment restrictions under consideration as part of a USA intellectual property probe have raised concerns that retaliation could seriously diminish global trade and choke off the strongest global growth since the G20 was formed during the 2008 financial crisis.

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