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US dollar down on as Trump makes fresh threats vs China

He also doesn't mind tweeting about his Presidential approval rating.

"As usual, not a level playing field..." More than 70 per cent of Republican and Republican-leaning U.S. adults believe increased tariffs between the United States and its trading partners will be good for the country, according to a Pew Research Centre survey.

Brookings Institution Fellow Joseph Parilla said governors don't decide US trade policy but can engage in direct economic diplomacy to encourage investment, while funding things like education and research at home.

"We're down a tremendous amount", Trump said in an interview about trade imbalances with China on CNBC television broadcast on Friday.

The reference is to the dollar amount of Chinese imports the USA accepted in 2017 - US$ 505.5 billion to be exact, compared with the US$129.9 billion the USA exported to China, according to US Census Bureau data.

Noting that "deficits are not products of ill-intention, nor are they necessarily bad for an economy", he added that China has never deliberately sought a trade surplus with the US.

NEW YORK, July 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar weakened on Friday against key world currencies as President Donald Trump complained again about its strength, while U.S. and European stock markets were tepid amid fresh tariff talk and another round of corporate earnings.

"China's reply to the latest proposed measures - proposed tariffs on $US200 billion worth of Chinese imports - has been hesitant", says Bhave, Harris and Qiao.

"Chinese officials have pledged to retaliate, but the exact nature of the retaliation has not been announced". Soybeans were the United States' biggest agricultural export to China, worth $12 billion previous year. A tariff is a tax on a good coming into the United States, also known as a duty.

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The move came just hours after President Donald Trump threatened to slap tariffs on $500billion worth of Chinese goods.

General Electric Co (GE.N) estimated that new tariffs on its imports from China could raise its costs by $300 million to $400 million overall, before steps to lessen the impact. "China may issue verbal support soon".

For great powers like China and the USA, competition - even conflict - is natural. "That fear gets stoked when you have reports such as this", said Rory McPherson, head of investment strategy at Psigma Investment Management.

Along with the "stick" of retaliation, China might also offer the "carrot" of modest concessions. It points out the potential consequences trade escalations could have on American soybean exports, underscoring that China is the world's largest soy importer.

China has been cracking down on excessive debt in its financial system but policy-watchers now expect Beijing to shift toward looser monetary policy, and potentially stimulus, to shield its economy from the trade row. The markets are very risk-off.

"Our game-theoretic analysis of trade negotiations suggests that visible pain is the motivator for de-escalation and compromise". But this would likely be a mistake since equity markets are less of a focus in China.

Concerns about fuel demand dented oil prices after finance ministers and central bank governors at the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires said the risks to global economic growth have increased due to trade and geopolitical tensions. Unlike European markets they appear to be holding up against the backdrop of possible escalations between the United States and the EU and China, unlike markets in Europe which have come under heavy pressure this afternoon. "That hurts consumers and adds to inflation".

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