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Different from the first several batches of tariffs that focused more on industrial and agricultural products, the most rece
nt 25 percent tariffs on Chinese imports target mostly consumer products, including sneakers, clothing and furniture.
Trump has, on his Twitter account, asserted that “there is no reason for the U.S. Consumer to pay the Tariffs”.
The open letter, however, said “there should be no misunderstanding” that US consumers pay for tariffs on products that are imported.
“As an industry that faces a $3 billion duty bill every year, we can assure you that any incr
ease in the cost of importing shoes has a direct impact on the American footwear consumer,” it said.
It is an “unavoidable” fact that as prices go up at the border due to transportation costs, labor r
ate increases or additional duties, the consumer pays more for the product, the footwear trade and business association said.
Shares of Luckin Coffee, a fast-growing rival to Starbucks in China, rose 20 percent in their US stock market debut Friday.
The Chinese company, which opened its first store in Beijing less than two years ago, has
2,370 locations and plans to surpass the 3,700 stores Starbucks has in China by the end of the year.
It brought in $125 million in revenue last year, but spent much more th
an that on coffee beans, store rent and other costs. Last year, it lost $475 million.
Most of Luckin’s stores are small, have few seats and are used mainly as a place to pick up mobile orders.
It also offers delivery in 30 minutes and promises a refund for delays or spilled drinks.
thanks to measures to stimulate innovation, optimize the business environmen
t and public services, and to strengthen opening-up and cooperation in the digital sector.
“China’s high-tech industries, represented by new technologies, new industr
ies, and new products, have maintained rapid growth in recent months,” she said.
According to the commission, output in the high-tech manufacturing sector rose 8.7 percent ye
ar-on-year from January to April, 2.5 percentage points higher than that of industrial output. High-tech ma
nufacturing output was responsible for 13.6 percent of industrial output, 1 percentage point higher year-on-year.
Output of the electronics and communication equipment manufact
uring sector, pharmaceutical manufacturing and aerospace and equipment manufacturing wer