Trump hasn't ruled out plans to slap more tariffs on China next month - these maps show which states could be hit the hardest
- The terms of an interim trade agreement with China remain elusive.
- Uncertainty has left US businesses and investors bracing for tariff increases in December.
- Regions of the country with strong trans-Pacific ties are poised to be hit particularly hard by the planned escalation and likely retaliatory measures.
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President Donald Trump announced in October that tensions in a more than yearlong dispute with China had started to cool. But the terms of an interim trade agreement remain elusive, leaving US businesses and investors bracing for potential escalations.Over the past week, Trump pushed back against reports that he would lift some of the tariffs on $360 billion worth of imports from China. The president has also not backed down on plans to slap another tranche of duties on virtually all remaining Chinese imports, roughly $156 billion worth, on December 15.
Regions of the country with strong trans-Pacific ties are poised to be hit particularly hard by the planned escalation and likely retaliatory measures. China has said it would respond with further tariff increases on about $75 billion worth of American products, some of which took effect this September.The Census Bureau publishes annual figures on international trade for each US state and Washington, DC, including the top 25 countries by total import and export value for each state.
According to its data from 2018, the most recent year available, four states - Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and South Carolina - exported a higher dollar value of goods to China than to any other country.
Focusing just on China, nearly every state had millions or billions of dollars in trade in goods with it last year.Among states, exports to China ranged from $22 million in North Dakota to nearly $16.6 billion in Texas.
Most states had a higher value of imported goods from China than exported goods to China in 2018. Imported goods values ranged from $156 million in Montana to $161.2 billion in California.
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