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As the trade frictions between the world’s two largest economies unfold, author Liu Sha of Chinese tech media site Ifanr examines the underlying causes, which, in her opinion, are unrelated to trade.  She sums up the implications of the conflict, in particular for Chinese citizens, and assesses the seriousness of the conflict. getAbstract recommends this article to readers interested in the effects of trade war.

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Liu Sha, an author at Ifanr, a Chinese multi-media site for the latest international and domestic reports on technology based in Guangzhou, has written numerous articles on topics such as technology, politics and finance.

 

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In February 2018, US president Donald Trump announced hefty tariffs for steel and aluminum products. Soon after, the price for an aluminum can of Coca-Cola in the United States increased by 0.67%. If the price of raw materials rises due to import duties, manufacturers will cover their costs by raising their prices. More prices will likely increase as tensions between China and the United States build up. In China, prices in the food industry – for example nuts and fruit originating in the United States – could rise. If the conflict’s scope extends to the manufacturing and chemical industries, the tensions will affect downstream manufacturers in the United States as well as Chinese citizens.

However, in the early stages of the conflict, the nut and fruit industries’ procurement of raw materials is solid and prices will remain stable. Some fruit importers reckon that imports from the United States are not irreplaceable. In fact, a large amount of imported fruits already originates in Southeast Asia, South America and Africa. Should...