The Heat: How the US-China trade conflict is impacting developing countries

The Heat

U.S.-China trade

There appears to be no end in sight in the U.S.-China trade war. 

Since July, Washington and Beijing have levied 25 percent tariffs on each other’s goods worth $34 billion dollars, and in two weeks, each country will target another $16 billion in goods.

U.S. President Donald Trump is readying 25 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. And China said it will respond with additional tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods.

The U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union are also causing ripple effects around the world. And, South Africa said nearly 8,000 jobs in the steel and aluminum industry are now at risk, and its currency, the Rand, continues to lose value.

To discuss all of this:

  • Arthur Dong is a professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
  • Robert Moran is a partner with Brunswick Insight, a consulting firm on global opinions and market research.
  • Siya Biniza is a political economist and the finance and operations director at Political Economy Southern Africa.
  • Manuel Suarez-Mier is a Latin America economic consultant and former chief Latin American economist for Bank of America.

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