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We've already established rather well that tariffs are passed on to the consumer, and that's who gets bent over without lube. Does it hurt the everyday Chinese person's bottom line in the same manner it hurts the everyday American's? Their CoL is not the same as ours, their value of items and labor is different, and our dollars and their yuan stretch & contract differently.
To have my (from China) stepmother explain it, "American goods have high tariffs in China, but are still cheap luxuries. Low-end Chinese goods in America have low tariffs, but cost a lot." That's the crux of it -- affordability in the respective countries. The higher the tariffs here when it's already a struggling camel, it won't take many more straws to break the back. Chinese consumers have a WAYS to go yet before that.
China is responding to the United States’ trade war by banning the import of soybeans grown by U.S. farmers into the Communist country. American farmers have been officially warned that they and the American consumer will suffer under this trade war and fare much worse than the Chinese government. Russian soybeans will replace those previously supplied by the U.S. to China. China boosted the import of American soybeans as a goodwill gesture when the leaders of the two countries agreed to halt the tariff hikes late last year. Back then, the move provided some relief to a significant part of Trump’s voter base, the American farmers, who are struggling to find buyers for their massive harvest.The renewed Chinese ban will hit them hard, given that soybean futures have recently slumped. And a majority of American farmers are already in a precarious situation.