Trump countered this week with a loose promise from the European Union to buy more soybeans. While Trump was cheered on by his base and protectionist forces in Washington DC, the verdict of the global economic community was scathing.
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Perhaps Trump thinks that because he can impose tariffs on more goods than the Europeans, the USA will win the game.
Trump's narrow view on trade dismisses how interconnected the world economy is now.
Perhaps Africa's most significant weakness lies in the intimate economic relationship that the continent enjoys with China.
Trump faced a backlash from some US Midwestern farmers and lawmakers after announcing on Tuesday a $12 billion aid package intended as a temporary boost to growers hit by the escalating trade war between the United States and China.
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"If [Cohen and his attorney Lanny Davis] are willing to do that, they're willing to do nearly anything", Geraldo said. Trump talking about paying for Playboy model Karen McDougal's silence, the relationship splintered further on Friday.
"U.S. and European Union will be allied in the fight against China, which has broken the world trading system, in effect", Trump's economic adviser Larry Kudlow said. In a reflection of the malaise, the Bloomberg Commodities Index, a measure of 26 raw materials, lost 2.7% in a week in July, the biggest fall since February.
It is unknown whether this would simply offset the expected loss in business as a result of the retaliatory tariffs, or if the intent is to increase exports beyond previous levels. While the storm clouds are gathering, there may be a glimmer of optimism for African policymakers. It agreed to a comprehensive framework involving market access for U.S. agricultural products and services. And Africa's degree of separation from the commanding heights of the world economy could yet prove a blessing in disguise. "If farmers are going to see any semblance of fair market prices for their goods, the President needs to be working with our trade partners on fair trade agreements, not against them". Most economies primarily export raw, unfinished goods, which are unlikely to be targeted.
The $12 billion subsidy "is doubly problematic", Nixon said.
Nevertheless, Africa's exporters could yet fall prey to the capricious nature of the United States president.
When the Trump administration imposed tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports in mid-June, China retaliated by targeting Mr. Trump's political base in the Midwest, imposing its own tariffs on US goods including soybeans. Sometimes the replacement might create jobs domestically, but imports are not always easily switchable, like steel. Yet there may be further bad news to come for Pretoria. Europe had retaliated, drawing threats from Mr. Trump to impose even bigger restrictions on imports of European cars. "We'd like to see more talk and less escalation". "We can also do stupid". "There isn't, unfortunately, much that Pretoria can do to reduce the vulnerability of its export-focused sectors".
"No one wins in a trade war". Not only does it offer zero spreads, no margin requirements, with known and predefined risk set by the trader - it also allows for immediate reaction to changing market conditions. The South African government is wisely preparing to argue that AGOA should protect it from future USA duties on vehicle and component exports. Against this troubling backdrop, perhaps the best that the continent can do is stick to the largely thankless, long-term work of diversifying the destination of its exports and moving away from an economic model reliant on either Chinese economic growth or the whims of the U.S. government.
"Basically, for 2018 and for the crops the secretary mentioned, producers will tell us production, what they actually produced in 2018, we will multiply it times a payment rate and give them a payment based on that formula", he said.