China vows to respond if U.S. takes new steps on trade

Trump: Apple could be tax free if it makes products in the US

Trump: Apple could be tax free if it makes products in the US

He threatened duties on another $267 billion of goods on top of $200 billion in imports primed for levies in coming days.Washington has long criticized China's huge trade surplus with the United States and has demanded Beijing reduce it.

"It is hard to see how tariffs that hurt US companies and USA consumers will advance the Government's objectives with respect to China's technology policies". Trump took to Twitter Sunday to declare victory and write: "This is just the beginning". In a public letter to the government, Apple highlighted how the latest $200 billion worth of tariffs would "ultimately show up as a tax on US consumers, [and] they will increase the cost of Apple products that our customers have come to rely on in their daily lives".

But in a statement, Ford said it would "not be profitable to build the Focus Active in the US", given forecast yearly sales below 50,000. Simply put, establishing a local production of the vehicle would not make a successful business case.

Ford said last month that it was scrapping its plans to import Focus Actives made in China to sell in the United States because Trump's tariffs would make the cars too expensive.


"[Ford can make Focuses] in many other plants around the world, so if they chose to continue to sell a Focus variant in the USA market, there are several options other than building it in the United States".

On July 6, the United States started to impose a 25 per cent tax on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports, including motor vehicles.

Apple told trade officials in a letter on Friday that the proposed tariffs would affect prices for a "wide range" of Apple products, including its watch.

"Our concern with these tariffs is that the U.S. will be hardest hit, and that will result in lower United States growth and competitiveness and higher prices for USA consumers", Apple said in its letter. "Ford is proud to employ more USA hourly workers and build more vehicles in the US than any other automaker".

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