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  1. What are the implications of the US-China tariffs?

    Andrew Walker

    World Service economics correspondent

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    The direct impact will be on the two protagonists, the US and China.

    In the case of the US tariffs on Chinese goods, there is economic research suggesting it is American consumers who are really affected, not Chinese exporters as President Donald Trump argues.

    It’s likely there will be wider consequences too although the magnitude will probably be less.

    These are the two largest economies on the planet and are major export markets for many others. Any softening of demand among Chinese and American consumers and businesses is likely to affect their suppliers.

    To take some possible examples, China is a key market for metals and energy exporters and for suppliers of industrial machinery such as Germany.

    The US is a key buyer of consumer goods. These two markets won’t dry up, but they could be a little weaker as a result of any economic hit from the tariffs.

    There could also be less tangible confidence effects that might make businesses a little more cautious about investing. Some might gain however if buyers in China and the US seek alternative, tariff-free sources of the goods they have been buying from one another.

  2. US-China trade war escalate

    BBC Radio 5 Live

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    The US has more than doubled tariffs on $200bn (£153.7bn) worth of Chinese products, in an escalation of their damaging trade war.

    Tariffs on those Chinese goods have risen to 25% from 10%, and Beijing has vowed to retaliate.

    The move comes as high-level officials from both sides are attempting to salvage a trade deal in Washington.

    China has said it will hit back with "necessary countermeasures".

    The BBC's Robin Brant explains that in the past China has imposed tariffs on goods that have political significance for the US President, including soya beans - an important crop in the midwest of the US.

    Business has not had much time to prepare for this latest round of tariffs, he points out.

  3. US goods trade deficit with China narrows

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    Amid high-profile trade talks between the US and China, figures released on Thursday show the US's goods trade deficit with China narrowed to a five-year low in March.

    The unadjusted deficit fell to $20.7bn, the lowest level since March 2014, as exports to China jumped 23.6% while imports fell 6.1%.

    US President Donald Trump has threatened to increase tariffs on $200bn worth of Chinese goods from 10% to 25% on Friday.

    The overall US trade deficit increased by 1.5% to $50bn.

  4. Chinese official to head to US for trade talks

    Liu He next to Donald Trump

    China's commerce ministry has confirmed Vice Premier Liu He (pictured with Donald Trump) will visit the United States on 9 May and 10 May for bilateral trade talks.

    There was no information about which topics would be discussed.

  5. Trade war played out on Twitter

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

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    Rod Hunter of Baker McKenzie has been talking to BBC Radio 4's Today Programme about the on-going trade talks between the US and China and those tweets from US President Donald Trump mentioned earlier.

    "Every successful trade negotiation has multiple near death experiences. What's usual... is those near death experiences take place on twitter," he said.

    Mr Hunter said he thought the two sides were near a deal on soy and planes which the US wants China to buy but still problems in terms of securing economic reforms from China.

    He said he was "fairly confident there will be some deal and when that deal is announced President Trump will announce it as the best deal ever... What I'm more pessimistic about is how fundamental the deal will be".

  6. Does Europe care about the trade talks?

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

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    Laura Lambie, senior investment director at Investec Wealth & Investment, told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme that European markets were concerned about the progress with the US-China trade talks.

    "Although the US market rebounded after Trump's tweets, the European markets did not, much of that was to do with the automotive industry," she said.

    German carmakers BMW and Daimler have plants in the US and export to China, she said.

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