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IMF warns Trump trade war could cost global economy $430bn

  

Rising trade tensions between the United States and the rest of the world could cost the global economy $430bn (£324bn), with America especially vulnerable to an escalating tariff war, the IMF has warned.
 
Delivering a sharp rebuke for Donald Trump, the Washington based organisation said the current threats made by the US and its trading partners risked lowering global growth by as much as 0.5% by 2020, or about $430bn in lost GDP worldwide.
 
Although all economies would suffer from further escalation, the US would find itself “as the focus of global retaliation” with a relatively higher share of its exports taxed in global markets. “It is therefore especially vulnerable,” the fund said.
 
Donald Trump raised the stakes in his mounting trade dispute with China last week by proposing 10% tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods entering the country, on top of $34bn of tariffs that were officially imposed on Beijing at the beginning of the month. The Chinese government, which hit back at the first wave of US tariffs with similar measures, was quick to warn of further retaliation.

 
 

 

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