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Anyone trying to work out why our stock market is having difficulty going higher should think of three Ts - Trump, tariffs and trade war! "If nearly a half of American companies anticipate a strong negative impact from the next round of USA tariffs, then the US administration will be hurting the companies it should be helping".

Trump has also threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $267 billion worth of Chinese goods, which would mean all Chinese imports to the U.S. would be subject to duties. The new border taxes are expected to take effect this fall. "The US administration will be hurting the companies it should be helping".

Sixty-four percent of companies that responded to the AmCham survey, which was conducted between August 29 and September 5, said the first round of tariffs that Trump slapped on $50 billion in Chinese imports this year have negatively affected their operations, while 63 percent said the same about the equal amount of duties Beijing imposed in retaliation.

More than 52 per cent of respondents to the survey reported already suffering the consequences of such measures, mainly through increased inspections, slower customs clearance and "other complications from increased bureaucratic oversight or regulatory scrutiny".

Some in the administration are trying to restart talks to defuse the trade war, but Mr Trump said on Thursday the U.S. is under "no pressure" to strike a deal.

In the case of the Trump administration's trade tensions with China, the USA clearly has an edge when it comes to imposing tariffs.

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"We support President Trump's efforts to reset U.S".

"While we agree that there are issues that need to be addressed with key trading partners, tariffs are the wrong approach to bring about meaningful change", the groups wrote in a letter to Congress.

Let's hope this tells us a Trump trade happy ending is possible.

"I always believe, in most cases, talking is better than not talking, so I regard this as a plus, " Kudlow said.

If the president follows through with his threat to expand the commercial battle by fourfold, Beijing has said it will slap levies of up to 25 percent on 5,207 types of American imports. Car manufacturers, auto dealers and vehicle parts makers together plan to run a campaign opposing new tariffs on the industry. The Trump administration has invited Chinese officials to hold a new round of trade talks, top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Wednesday.

Roughly a third of firms are shifting supply chains out of China, or the United States, and an equal proportion are delaying or cancelling investment decisions, the survey showed. We will soon be taking Billions in Tariffs & making products at home. It led U.S. stocks to trade lower, fueled drops in the Chinese yuan in offshore trading and gains in the dollar index, and sent the S&P 500 index negative.

U.S. companies are particularly anxious about the "qualitative measures" Beijing has threatened to take as it becomes unable to respond to tariffs dollar-for-dollar - United States goods imports past year totalled only $130 billion.