Turkey raises tariffs on some US imports, escalates feud

The troubled lira tumbled to record lows against the euro and US dollar early this week. (Reuters)
Updated 15 August 2018
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Turkey raises tariffs on some US imports, escalates feud

ANKARA: Turkey announced Wednesday it is increasing tariffs on imports of certain US products, escalating a feud with the United States that has helped trigger a currency crisis.
In a decision announced in the Official Gazette, Ankara said it was imposing extra tariffs on imports of products including rice, vehicles, alcohol, coal and cosmetics.
Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Twitter that the tariffs on certain products were increased “within the framework of the principle of reciprocity in retaliation for the conscious economic attacks by the United States.”
The Turkish lira has dropped to record lows in recent weeks, having fallen some 42 percent so far this year. The currency has now stabilized at around 6.50 lira against the dollar.
Investors are worried not only about Turkey’s souring relations with the US, a longtime NATO ally, but also Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s economic policies and the country’s high debt accumulated in foreign currencies.
Turkey has accused the United States of waging an “economic war” as part of a plot to harm the country.
Washington has imposed financial sanctions on two Turkish ministers and doubled steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey, as US President Donald Trump tries to secure the release Andrew Brunson, an American pastor being tried in Turkey on espionage and terrorism-related charges.
The decision to impose new tariffs came a day after Erdogan said Turkey would boycott US electronic goods, singling out iPhones. He suggested Turks would buy local or Korean phones instead, although it was unclear how he intended to enforce the boycott.


China cancels trade talks with US as tariff threats escalate

Updated 22 September 2018
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China cancels trade talks with US as tariff threats escalate

  • A mid-level delegation was due to travel to Washington ahead of Liu’s visit, but the trip has now been abandoned
  • China added $60 billion of US products to its import tariff list as it retaliated against US duties on $200 billion of Chinese goods

SHANGHAI: China has canceled upcoming trade talks with the United States and will not send vice-premier Liu He to Washington next week, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.
The Wall Street Journal said a mid-level delegation was due to travel to Washington ahead of Liu’s visit, but the trip has now been abandoned.
Earlier this week, China added $60 billion of US products to its import tariff list as it retaliated against US duties on $200 billion of Chinese goods set to go into effect from Sept. 24.