The Truth About Cars » Trade War Watch http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Trade War Watch 23: EU, Deaf To Obama’s Tire Defeat, About To Lose Car Exports In Trade War With China http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/trade-war-watch-23-eu-deaf-to-obamas-tire-defeat-about-to-lose-car-exports-in-trade-war-with-china/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/trade-war-watch-23-eu-deaf-to-obamas-tire-defeat-about-to-lose-car-exports-in-trade-war-with-china/#comments Fri, 07 Jun 2013 11:09:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491250 After newly elected President Barack Obama slapped a punitive tariff on made-in-China tires, China looked for a good tit-for-tat and quickly found one: The US imported $1.8b worth of Chinese tires in 2009, while China imported $1.1b worth of US-built cars in 2008. A retaliatory tariff was slapped on Escalades et al. Now, the same […]

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After newly elected President Barack Obama slapped a punitive tariff on made-in-China tires, China looked for a good tit-for-tat and quickly found one: The US imported $1.8b worth of Chinese tires in 2009, while China imported $1.1b worth of US-built cars in 2008. A retaliatory tariff was slapped on Escalades et al. Now, the same […]

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Trade War Watch 22: Obama Wags The Dog, Drags China In Front Of WTO Again In Ohio – Again http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/trade-war-watch-22-obama-wags-the-dog-drags-china-in-front-of-wto-again-in-ohio-again/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/trade-war-watch-22-obama-wags-the-dog-drags-china-in-front-of-wto-again-in-ohio-again/#comments Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:31:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=460553 President Barack Obama will carry a familiar gift to election rallies in Ohio today. “The Obama administration will announce a trade complaint against China today as President Barack Obama campaigns in Ohio, alleging impermissible subsidies of auto- and auto-parts exports that encourage outsourcing to China from the U.S.” an administration official told Bloomberg.     According […]

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President Barack Obama will carry a familiar gift to election rallies in Ohio today. “The Obama administration will announce a trade complaint against China today as President Barack Obama campaigns in Ohio, alleging impermissible subsidies of auto- and auto-parts exports that encourage outsourcing to China from the U.S.” an administration official told Bloomberg.     According […]

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Trade War Watch 21: America Drags China In Front Of WTO As Obama Campaigns In Ohio http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/trade-war-watch-21-america-drags-china-in-front-of-wto-as-obama-campaigns-in-ohio/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/trade-war-watch-21-america-drags-china-in-front-of-wto-as-obama-campaigns-in-ohio/#comments Thu, 05 Jul 2012 12:25:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=451401 The United States will report China to the WTO tomorrow, Reuters says. The contention: China’s decision to impose extra duties on more than $3 billion worth of cars imported from the U.S. According to Reuters, “the complaint comes as President Barack Obama campaigns in Ohio, where auto plants have been affected by the duties.” The […]

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The United States will report China to the WTO tomorrow, Reuters says. The contention: China’s decision to impose extra duties on more than $3 billion worth of cars imported from the U.S. According to Reuters, “the complaint comes as President Barack Obama campaigns in Ohio, where auto plants have been affected by the duties.” The […]

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Trade War Watch 20: China Slaps Tariffs On American-Built Large Cars And SUVs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/trade-war-watch-20-china-slaps-tariffs-on-american-built-large-cars-and-suvs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/trade-war-watch-20-china-slaps-tariffs-on-american-built-large-cars-and-suvs/#comments Fri, 16 Dec 2011 00:32:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=422589 When we last checked in on the low-level trade war between China and the US, which was sparked by President Obama’s 35% tariff on Chinese tires, the Chinese government had ruled that American large cars and SUVs were being “dumped” on the Chinese market, but wasn’t doing anything about it. Now, Reuters reports that China […]

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When we last checked in on the low-level trade war between China and the US, which was sparked by President Obama’s 35% tariff on Chinese tires, the Chinese government had ruled that American large cars and SUVs were being “dumped” on the Chinese market, but wasn’t doing anything about it. Now, Reuters reports that China […]

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Trade War Watch 19: Brazil Hits The Brakes Of Imports http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/trade-war-watch-19-brazil-hits-the-brakes-of-imports/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/trade-war-watch-19-brazil-hits-the-brakes-of-imports/#comments Sun, 15 May 2011 15:01:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=394972 As you’ve read here many times, the drums against imports have been beating in Brasília for a long time. Now, the government is acting. It has opened up its little tragic bag of dirty tricks and is pulling the first, as it were, rabbit out. It also promises to dip into that bag again if […]

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As you’ve read here many times, the drums against imports have been beating in Brasília for a long time. Now, the government is acting. It has opened up its little tragic bag of dirty tricks and is pulling the first, as it were, rabbit out. It also promises to dip into that bag again if […]

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Trade War Watch 18: DetNews Fumbles With The Saber http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/detnews-fumbles-with-the-saber/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/detnews-fumbles-with-the-saber/#comments Mon, 09 May 2011 18:53:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=394347 Just over one week ago, a Detroit News piece pointed me towards a letter written by Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, which took China to task for considering draft legislation that might possibly require more technology transfers to Chinese companies as a precondition to market access. Having chased down both the letter and the […]

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Just over one week ago, a Detroit News piece pointed me towards a letter written by Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, which took China to task for considering draft legislation that might possibly require more technology transfers to Chinese companies as a precondition to market access. Having chased down both the letter and the […]

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Trade War Watch 17: China Rules U.S. Dumping Subsidized Cars On Chinese Market, Does Nothing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/trade-war-watch-17-china-rules-u-s-dumping-subsidized-cars-on-chinese-market-does-nothing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/trade-war-watch-17-china-rules-u-s-dumping-subsidized-cars-on-chinese-market-does-nothing/#comments Thu, 05 May 2011 18:28:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393775 Beijing closed the book on the tit-for-tat saga that had started with the U.S. slapping punitive tariffs on Chinese tires. China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC) issued a final ruling today, declaring that the United States has dumped subsidized sedans and sport utility vehicles with engine displacement of 2.5 liters or bigger on the Chinese market, […]

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Beijing closed the book on the tit-for-tat saga that had started with the U.S. slapping punitive tariffs on Chinese tires. China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC) issued a final ruling today, declaring that the United States has dumped subsidized sedans and sport utility vehicles with engine displacement of 2.5 liters or bigger on the Chinese market, […]

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Trade War Watch 16: US Doesn’t Understand China’s EV Policy, Rattles Saber Anyway http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/us-doesnt-understand-chinas-ev-policy-rattles-saber-anyway/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/us-doesnt-understand-chinas-ev-policy-rattles-saber-anyway/#comments Sun, 01 May 2011 22:12:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393335 George Orwell’s warning, that “the first victim of war is the truth,” apparently applies equally to trade wars. On Friday, Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow (both D-MI) wrote the United States Trade Representative to express their concern over “reported draft regulations” of China’s New Energy Vehicle plan, noting We are concerned that these draft […]

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George Orwell’s warning, that “the first victim of war is the truth,” apparently applies equally to trade wars. On Friday, Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow (both D-MI) wrote the United States Trade Representative to express their concern over “reported draft regulations” of China’s New Energy Vehicle plan, noting We are concerned that these draft […]

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Trade War Watch 17: China Slams GM And Chrysler For Illegal Dumping, Subsidies http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/trade-war-watch-china-slams-gm-and-chrysler-for-illegal-dumping-subsidies/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/trade-war-watch-china-slams-gm-and-chrysler-for-illegal-dumping-subsidies/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2011 18:55:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=389788 The trade war that erupted between the US and China late last summer may have cooled to an angry simmer, but its effects are once again being noticed in the automotive industry. After President Obama slapped a 35% tariff on imports of Chinese-produced tires, the Chinese government started casting around for potential objects of retaliation, […]

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The trade war that erupted between the US and China late last summer may have cooled to an angry simmer, but its effects are once again being noticed in the automotive industry. After President Obama slapped a 35% tariff on imports of Chinese-produced tires, the Chinese government started casting around for potential objects of retaliation, […]

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Trade War Watch 16: Hot Wheels Just Got Hotter http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/trade-war-watch-16-hot-wheels-just-got-hotter/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/trade-war-watch-16-hot-wheels-just-got-hotter/#comments Mon, 25 Oct 2010 12:30:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=370077 It’s been some time since since we had a “Trade War Watch” on mounting trade tensions in the auto industry, and thank goodness for that. In this economic climate of cuts, currency swings and bankruptcies, what we need are things which will make the situation worse, right? In May I reported about how the EU […]

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It’s been some time since since we had a “Trade War Watch” on mounting trade tensions in the auto industry, and thank goodness for that. In this economic climate of cuts, currency swings and bankruptcies, what we need are things which will make the situation worse, right? In May I reported about how the EU […]

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Trade War Watch 15: Thai Tires Trump Chinese http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/trade-war-watch-15-thai-tires-trump-chinese/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/trade-war-watch-15-thai-tires-trump-chinese/#comments Thu, 22 Jul 2010 11:33:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=361352 After President Obama paid his outstanding union dues and slapped a 35 percent punitive tariff on Chinese car and light truck tires exported to the USA, we predicted two outcomes: 1.)    It will start a trade war, and China will drag the U.S.A. in front of the WTO. Sure did. The WTO accepted China’s complaint, […]

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After President Obama paid his outstanding union dues and slapped a 35 percent punitive tariff on Chinese car and light truck tires exported to the USA, we predicted two outcomes: 1.)    It will start a trade war, and China will drag the U.S.A. in front of the WTO. Sure did. The WTO accepted China’s complaint, […]

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Trade War Watch 14: Hot Wheels http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/trade-war-watch-14-hot-wheels/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/trade-war-watch-14-hot-wheels/#comments Wed, 12 May 2010 10:39:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=356243 Now that the Conservatives (with the help of the Liberal Democrats) have come to power in the UK, the Conservatives are going to push forward their plans for a reduction in the UK deficit (i.e savage cuts). Now, while I agree in the long term, this will be good for the UK, in the short term, […]

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Now that the Conservatives (with the help of the Liberal Democrats) have come to power in the UK, the Conservatives are going to push forward their plans for a reduction in the UK deficit (i.e savage cuts). Now, while I agree in the long term, this will be good for the UK, in the short term, […]

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Trade War Watch 12: “Nationalist assault on a foreign corporation, an economic war” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/trade-war-watch-12-nationalist-assault-on-a-foreign-corporation-an-economic-war/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/trade-war-watch-12-nationalist-assault-on-a-foreign-corporation-an-economic-war/#comments Sat, 06 Feb 2010 13:05:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=344421 Recently, there have been voices that mentioned that the attacks on Toyota could be politically motivated. Let’s face it: Toyota has problems. So have other auto makers. There are marked differences in reaction to and treatment of these problems. One of the tenets of warfare is that you never attack the innocent. You wait until […]

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Recently, there have been voices that mentioned that the attacks on Toyota could be politically motivated. Let’s face it: Toyota has problems. So have other auto makers. There are marked differences in reaction to and treatment of these problems. One of the tenets of warfare is that you never attack the innocent. You wait until […]

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Trade War Watch 11: Tire Tax Costs U.S. Jobs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/trade-war-watch-11-tire-tax-costs-u-s-jobs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/trade-war-watch-11-tire-tax-costs-u-s-jobs/#comments Fri, 22 Jan 2010 10:33:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=342648 Representatives Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Dan Boren (D- Oklahoma) are tired of Obama’s punitive tariff on Chinese tires. They called for a government report on the economy-wide effects of the measure, Reuters reports. “I am concerned that the administration’s tire tax will cost us jobs in the United States and raise prices for tires for […]

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Representatives Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Dan Boren (D- Oklahoma) are tired of Obama’s punitive tariff on Chinese tires. They called for a government report on the economy-wide effects of the measure, Reuters reports. “I am concerned that the administration’s tire tax will cost us jobs in the United States and raise prices for tires for […]

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Trade War Watch 10: WTO Accepts Chinese Tire Complaint, Trade War Escalates http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/trade-war-watch-10-wto-accepts-chinese-tire-complaint-trade-war-escalates/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/trade-war-watch-10-wto-accepts-chinese-tire-complaint-trade-war-escalates/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2010 13:35:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=342394 In September 2009, incoming President Barak Obama slapped a 35 percent punitive tariff on Chinese car and light truck tires exported to the USA. That, in addition to an existing 4 percent duty. No American tire manufacturer had requested the boneheaded move. It was a thank-you to the steelworkers union. Cooper tires openly opposed the […]

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In September 2009, incoming President Barak Obama slapped a 35 percent punitive tariff on Chinese car and light truck tires exported to the USA. That, in addition to an existing 4 percent duty. No American tire manufacturer had requested the boneheaded move. It was a thank-you to the steelworkers union. Cooper tires openly opposed the […]

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Trade War Watch 8: China Probes US Bailout http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/trade-war-watch-8-china-probes-us-bailout/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/trade-war-watch-8-china-probes-us-bailout/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2009 10:40:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=335847 As U.S. President Barack Obama landed in Shanghai for a weeklong visit to his largest creditor, China, the news awaited him that China’s Ministry of Commerce will investigate the U.S. government’s financing and rescue plans for the American auto industry, Shanghai Daily reports. The move is part of China’s probe into possible dumping and subsidies […]

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As U.S. President Barack Obama landed in Shanghai for a weeklong visit to his largest creditor, China, the news awaited him that China’s Ministry of Commerce will investigate the U.S. government’s financing and rescue plans for the American auto industry, Shanghai Daily reports. The move is part of China’s probe into possible dumping and subsidies […]

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Tradewar Watch 7: More Shots Fired http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/tradewar-watch-7-more-shots-fired/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/tradewar-watch-7-more-shots-fired/#comments Fri, 06 Nov 2009 20:35:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=334388 China’s Ministry of Commerce on Friday announced it would formally launch an investigation into subsidies on imports of some automobiles from the United States, Reuters reports. With all the bailout money sloshing around, China won’t have a hard time coming up with evidence. The announcement is seen as a tit-for-tat after the U.S. imposed anti-dumping […]

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China’s Ministry of Commerce on Friday announced it would formally launch an investigation into subsidies on imports of some automobiles from the United States, Reuters reports. With all the bailout money sloshing around, China won’t have a hard time coming up with evidence. The announcement is seen as a tit-for-tat after the U.S. imposed anti-dumping […]

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Editorial: Trade War Watch 1: Yes, We Can Start a Trade War http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/09/editorial-yes-we-can-start-a-trade-war/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/09/editorial-yes-we-can-start-a-trade-war/#comments Sat, 12 Sep 2009 12:33:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=329244

President Obama paid his outstanding union dues and slapped a 35 percent punitive tariff on Chinese car and light truck tires exported to the USA. The new duty will take effect on September 26 and comes in addition to an existing 4 percent duty, Reuters reports. Everybody, except for the United Steelworkers, agrees that this is one of the most boneheaded decisions of the new administration.

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President Obama paid his outstanding union dues and slapped a 35 percent punitive tariff on Chinese car and light truck tires exported to the USA. The new duty will take effect on September 26 and comes in addition to an existing 4 percent duty, Reuters reports. Everybody, except for the United Steelworkers, agrees that this is one of the most boneheaded decisions of the new administration.

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