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Q: Do you often use badger-hair shaving brush? ... like me?

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-10/u-s-is-said-to-move-f...

 

Markets:  Badger Hair, Frog Legs Among Niche Products on Trump’s Tariff List

U.S. trade officials have invited you to comment on their latest list of proposed import tariffs covering 6,031 categories of items from China. They may get an earful, as the levies cover a motley array of niche products.

 

Bovine semen is targeted for the 10 percent tax along with dog leashes, bricks, caviar and caviar substitutes, frog legs (fresh, chilled or frozen), vacuum cleaners, more than 40 categories of tobacco products, hair from horses, pigs and humans and something called "vegetable hair.” Hipsters and anyone else coveting the porous, soft-tipped luxury of badger-hair shaving brushes may be among the commenters, as the bristles also made the list published by the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.

 

The items are part of the $200 billion round of import taxes that broadened trade hostilities that began July 6 with a U.S. list targeting $34 billion in trade including flamethrowers, fetal bovine serum and blood.

 

The list even takes on a key seasoning in Chinese food: monosodium glutamate. But it’s not just about flavoring. The tariffs also target some of the most popular stir-fry ingredients from abalone and sea urchins to garlic, bamboo shoots, dried mushrooms, ginseng and water chestnuts.

The due date for filing requests to appear at a public hearing on the duties proposed in the list published Tuesday is July 27, while written comments will be accepted until Aug. 17.

(The USTR office said it “strongly prefers electronic submissions made through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.” The docket number is USTR-2018-0026.)

China vowed to fightback against the Trump administration’s plans to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese goods, escalating a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.

  

Beijing described the latest U.S. move as "totally unacceptable" bullying, and urged other countries to join China to protect free trade and multilateralism. China promised to lodge complaints at the World Trade Organization but didn’t detail what its retaliatory measures would be.

  

"China is shocked at the U.S. action," the Commerce Ministry said in a statement on its website Wednesday. "To protect the core interests of the nation and its people, China’s government is, as in the past, forced to retaliate."

  

The response came hours after the Trump administration released a proposed list of thousands of products on which it plans to impose 10 percent tariffs, ranging from vacuum cleaners and windshield wipers to sterling silver spoons and badger hair. The U.S. omitted some high-profile items like mobile phones.

  

The news sent markets lower as stocks fell, the dollar gained and commodities slid. China’s yuan weakened.

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Ok, I can understand a tariff on Chinese goods if America can produce the same goods and the purpose is to get Americans to buy the American goods, but if America doesn't even produce the goods and people will keep buying them from China anyway, then do the American people pay the tariff? Or is it paid for by the Chinese exporters? 

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The gravy train of America charging no tariffs or very low tariffs while Japan, China, Canada and the EU charge high tariffs on American imports could not last forever as American debt spiralled out of control and we can't continue to keep a huge military all over the world either, anybody that thought this would go on forever is hopelessly naive.

The lawyers politicians from both parties that screwed America with this are just glad a nobody reality TV star is taking the hit and doing what they never had the courage to do themselves because he does not care about donors or a political career, hell of a way to run a country though.

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I've got mine few weeks ago for 145 TRY (US$30):

 

https://www.fendrihan.com/collections/badger-bristles-shaving-brushes/pr...

 

Vulfix Pure Grey Badger Shaving Brush, Black Handle - Fendrihan - 1

 

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Ok, I can understand a tariff on Chinese goods if America can produce the same goods and the purpose is to get Americans to buy the American goods, but if America doesn't even produce the goods and people will keep buying them from China anyway, then do the American people pay the tariff? Or is it paid for by the Chinese exporters? 

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My brush is 20 years old. Works with any soap. It's possibly the oldest thing I own, apart from my penis.

 

My brush is in better condition.

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Market reacts to 'no more badger hair and bovine semen from China ...'

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Stocks Dip As Mnuchin Admits Trade Talks With China Have Broken Down

Confirming the same headline from yesterday, Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin warned today that "many of our trade talks with China have broken down."

 

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Options are risky and the money is all mine.

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'Where did all badgers go?' or 'Why Trump-a is right?'

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-16/did-xis-overly-ambitious-goals...

 

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"Alarmed by China's ambitions and frustrated by the lack of progress in narrowing the U.S. trade deficit, Trump went on the offensive in the spring.

There are good reasons for China coming under U.S. trade fire. It has been the biggest beneficiary of the global trade system since it became a member of the World Trade Organization at the end of 2001.

All the while, it has imposed strict foreign ownership limits in each industrial sector, forced foreign companies that enter China to transfer technologies and has set up various other barriers to its markets.

Backed by huge amounts of government funds, Chinese companies have made splashy acquisitions of U.S. and European companies that own key technologies, especially in the auto and information technology sectors.

Chinese companies can quickly obtain technologies by acquiring or taking equity investments in U.S. and European companies. In the U.S. and Europe, any company can acquire any other company as long as it can obtain the necessary funds.

But it is difficult for U.S. and European companies to acquire Chinese companies. Chinese authorities have numerous regulations at their disposal to block any such attempt."

"When Xi bared China's sharp claws, declaring China would overtake the U.S. economically by 2035, he did so for the benefit of a domestic audience and to aid his fierce power struggle with the political factions that had run China for decades.

China is now beginning to realize the high price it is having to pay for Xi's declaration.

If prices for ingredients in Chinese dishes climb, so too will discontent among Chinese consumers. This could lead to a barrage of attacks against U.S. companies operating in China.

Worried about social instability, the Chinese leadership has been careful not to overplay the trade war in domestic media. In terms of diplomacy, Beijing could go back to hiding its claws again.

But that would only be superficial. At the core, Xi cannot retract a grand target adopted at the Communist Party congress, just as he cannot discard the "Made in China 2025" goal.

In an interconnected world, China's misty domestic politics will continue to influence the global economy for many years to come."

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