Canada could be caught in the middle of a U.S. trade-war

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The U.S. made a decision to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports.

Trump and his trade officials have signalled in the past they are looking for more access to Canada's dairy market within a renegotiated NAFTA deal.

Zhong Shan, China's minister of commerce, said Sunday there would be "no winners in a trade war, and it would bring disaster to [China and the United States] as well as the rest of the world". The company would stand to gain from both the duties and the exemption to those duties at its two U.S. arms.

Trump has repeatedly singled out China for unfair trade that he aimed to curb with the tariffs.

"That is why the Associated General Contractors of America will continue to take every possible step to convince the administration and Congress to reconsider these costly new tariffs and instead enact the kind of new infrastructure proposal that will rebuild our steel and aluminum industries while strengthening our overall economy".

US President Donald Trump's imposition of steep tariffs on imported steel and aluminium has provoked vows of retaliation from producing countries.

A meeting in Brussels between Malmstrom and her USA counterpart Robert Lighthizer on Saturday ended without a breakthrough, as the European Union didn't receive reassurances that it will be exempted from metal tariffs.

Needless to say, Canadian officials didn't greet the tariff news warmly.

Ms Bishop said Australia would "do what it's always done, that is traverse the South China Sea and in accordance with worldwide law".

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"We have noticed that some foreign-funded businesses have complained about China's investment environment", Zhong said.

"As one example, Americans could pay about one per cent more for an automobile, or just over $300 US".

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The Royal Australian Navy sails periodically through the South China Sea, though not within the crucial 12-mile zones of territory.

Michael Dolega, economist at TD Economics estimates that about 5,000 to 10,000 jobs could be added to steel and aluminum production in the USA, but there could also be a loss of 25,000 to 50,000 jobs in metal-intensive sectors like machinery and transport equipment.

According to CNN Money, some US companies that may be hit by Trump's tariffs include Boeing, Caterpillar, Campbell Soup Company, Whirlpool, Ford, and General Motors. Malmstrom said on Monday that "she has read on twitter" that Trump may offer clarifications on which countries may be spared.

We urge the administration to reconsider this action and continue investigating the impact of steel and aluminum tariffs on the USA economy and steel-consuming sectors downstream.

"As long-standing security partners of the United States, (the European Union and Japan) underlined to ambassador Lighthizer their expectation that European Union and Japanese exports to the USA would be exempted from the application of higher tariffs", an European Union statement said after the talks.