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Farmers and manufacturers "didn't volunteer" for a trade war, and "they don't understand what the strategy is, or tactics, either one", Nixon said.

"The deal we made with the European Union this past week is very important to get us on this road", Kudlow insisted, noting that Juncker and Trump "got together" and "surprised probably nearly everybody in the world and basically came to agreement on a number of key items".

In the late 1990s, China accounted for less than 10 percent of yearly USA soybean exports.

On Wednesday he moved to ease tensions with the European Union, declaring a truce on that front after meeting with Juncker. In return for the talks and a suspension of auto tariffs, the European Union will import more soybeans and energy from the United States.

China's currency has been weakening in recent months as the Trump administration's tariffs of Chinese imports loomed.

"They want to work together with us on China and they want to help us reform the WTO (World Trade Organization)", said the official, adding that the Europeans came into the talks "with a real positive spirit". The EU responded with its own tariffs on US$3.2 billion of USA imports. What if the Chinese trade negotiations turn around and end up being a huge windfall for USA soybean producers? In its talks with Mexico and Canada to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, the United States put rules of origin for the auto sector at the forefront, at one point demanding higher us content for vehicles to be eligible for NAFTA tariff-free access.

Juncker declared he "had the intention to make a deal today and we made a deal today".

What the tariffs mean at the global level depends on who you ask: many market analysists say Trump actually has a point, other countries indeed have a significant trade imbalance with the U.S. The measures taken to remedy this though are high risk.

Sacha Chorley, portfolio manager at Quilter Investors, commented: "The Trump-Juncker meeting was a potential tipping point that could have prompted the fledgling trade war to spiral into something more damaging".

The attacks on Finnish internet-connected devices originating from ChinaNet, 's largest internet backbone, began spiking July 12, just four days before Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin met in Helsinki, claimed the analysis by the Seattle-based cybersecurity firm F5. President Xi Jingping "cannot lose face with his own people by giving in to the United States", Dollar said. On Wednesday, Sunac China Holdings raised US$400 million and Sino-Ocean Group Holding raised US$700 million. Many EU countries balk at buying genetically modified products grown in the U.S. In Europe, alarm bells have been sounded over China's growing economic influence there.

"We're opening things up", Trump said in Dubuque (video above). "I'm very exasperated. This is serious".

Mr. Kudlow said that he didn't "buy" that argument. The IMF raised its estimate for China's growth in 2018 in January after the economy unexpectedly accelerated a year ago.

Trump intends to renegotiate the trade pact and sign revised free trade agreements with Japan, South Korea and Canada.

The Trump administration has imposed tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese goods in a dispute over Beijing's high-tech industrial policies.

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, a Lehigh County Republican, was among those unhappy with that solution.

The tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump, particularly on China, have resulted in retaliatory tariffs impacting US exports, including soybeans.

I think both are still huge unknowns and the ball could bounce in either direction.

The one-time aid package will offset those losses, and give the United States more time to negotiate a trade deal with China, the administration said.

The fear among many observers is that Beijing is deliberately pushing the yuan down to enhance China's trade competitiveness and offset the economic cost of the new USA tariffs.

  • Jon Douglas