China Trade War Escalates

Tyler Durden's picture

Just one month after we discussed ArcelorMittal's 'demand' that Europe seek sanctions against China's steel tariffs (following unfair 'tit-for-tat-wine' Chinese trade practices, after EU solar panel tariffs), Reuters reports that the EU is indeed to press the WTO to rule against Chinese duties on imported steel. While history never repeats, it merely rhymes, this episodic collapse in economies, markets, and trade is now showing signs of the same desperation as during the Great Depression as intervention, devaluation, and now protectionism are brought to bear to save the domestic economy at all costs. The EU joins Japan in this rapidly escalating trade war with Beijing as they believe "retaliation by the Chinese is now recognized," something not allowed under WTO rules, "and so they have a good chance to win." This will not help either trade relations with the world's 'growth' engine or the credit-crunched nation's massive glut of commodities (and commodity-backed credit lines).


Via Reuters,

The European Union plans to lodge a case with the World Trade Organization against Chinese duties on specialized steel tubes, EU sources said on Tuesday, opening another front in a rapidly escalating trade conflict with Beijing.


The move will allow the EU to join a related complaint filed by Japan against Chinese duties in December.




It follows China's decision last week to investigate alleged dumping of EU wine in apparent retaliation against the EU imposing provisional duties on Chinese solar panels, the biggest trade case the EU has launched.


WTO rules prevent members from leveling tit-for-tat sanctions, instead requiring proof assembled via a thorough investigation that a country's industry has suffered damage before any duties can be imposed.




"The Commission is quite confident that retaliation by the Chinese is now recognized, so they think they have a good chance to win," the source said.

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francis_sawyer's picture

The bar!... They took the whole fucking bar!...

i-dog's picture

So Europe thinks the German court will approve their purchase of the Mega-Heidelberg printing press? Who needs trade when you can just print money...but isn't this just a few days premature?

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

I think it would be cheaper for both the ECB and the Fed to have their currency notes printed in China by slave labor there. They could even save the shipping costs by delivering it locally to the Chinese corporate plantations directly rather than passing it thru the middlemen in Europe and North America.

insanelysane's picture

Over?  Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

onceinalifetime's picture

You have a mistake. It was the French people.

Sudden Debt's picture

they did build that bar... and loan us the money to use the bar....

SheepDog-One's picture

Easy to fix, just put the Chinese on double secret probation.

francis_sawyer's picture

Put Neidermeyer on it ~ He's a sneaky little shit...

smlbizman's picture

this just in.....china has responded to eu.....fruck you round eyes.....

Dr. Engali's picture

Currency wars, trade wars, and then world wars. Nothing ever changes.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Correct, and in this era, China is the new Germany, with a massive manufacturing base and manipulated yuan to protect.  Look for the purge of all westerners to commence shortly.

insanelysane's picture

Nothing ever changes?  Turkey and Syria seem to be some new venues.

Urban Redneck's picture

Where have you been the last couple thousand years?

Element's picture



You forgot the War of the Worlds


The Spirit of Man (No Nataniel) - Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds


love that Les Paul ...

Meme Iamfurst's picture




But forget about the bond market.  Who will buy the bonds now that China is seen as the bad boy everywhere.  Tell me our guys aren't smart when it comes to manulipilation guilt.

China sould get over the 'Nixon era Globalism" ( which just might be dead anyway) and do as America did in the late 40's to early 60' your country and to hell with the world.  You don't get pissed when a door closes on you, you simply make sure spare parts are no longer available.

kralizec's picture

Economic wars are not serious...until the shooting starts.

These are not serious yet.

GCT's picture

+1 Doc!  You forgot about what the USA or Europe will do if China decides to dump all of their bonds.  Maybe that will be the start of WAR!.

espirit's picture

Guess we'll see who can hold their breath the longest, lol.

$BDI hasn't collapsed completely yet, or has it?

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

It appears to be in a state of perma-collapse.  Down about 95% from peak.  

ebworthen's picture

Rust never sleeps.

Truther's picture

Fuck. Get it over with. The EU needs a lesson learned. Buckle up.

Meme Iamfurst's picture



Speaking of 'fuck'.  Notice how you clicked on this story and those GOOGLE spy pricks, shove ads for Chinese hookers on both side of the page?  Fucking pimps.

JimBowie1958's picture

lol, those ads run on what you have most often recently searched for on your PC.

Guess you are probably on the clock as well

SheepDog-One's picture

Can you believe some bearded cueball lookin Princeton lip-quiverer runs this entire fuckin clownshow?

I'm goin fishin.

BandGap's picture

What a great fucking idea. Hit the pistol range and then go fishing.

espirit's picture

Grass never sleeps, gotta mow.

falak pema's picture

Now I know why Hollande went to Japan so fast after his visit to CHina (the two trips were so telescoped that he addressed the Japanese people as "the chinese people" in a speech). 

He didn't get what he wanted in China as the EZ started the solar panel clamp down just after leading to "vino nein" from china in tit rubbing tat; whence running wild in Japan to catch that ferry on the protectionist tour of WTO.

My, Mount Fuji, fuku sushi and sanctions against China all in one breath.

magpie's picture

Francois declared it's partytime for Chilean, South African, Australian and American wine growers.

Oldwood's picture

Nothing is more sustainable than corruption. It will survive as long as cockroaches.

francis_sawyer's picture

Prostitution ~ the oldest profession in the world... I's how 'governments' are possible...

kurzdump's picture

Wake me up when China sanctions the import of USD, everything else is irrelevant.

youngman's picture

This is the begining of the wars....who has more to lose.the exporter..or the importer.....??????

IamtheREALmario's picture

Buyers' remorse?

The interdependencies between China and the West have already been established and it would take at least 5 years to unwind, if done at a pace that would not send the world tumbling into war and hardship. The west no longer has enough manufacturing to support the needs of its people and the Chinese government needs the west to be able to maintain the dependency balance in its own country.

I am sure that China too understands that it has created the classic dependency environment in its own country as well. Businesses are dependent on banks, exports and bringing workers to the cities; cities are dependent on the farmers and imports of food and energy; banks are dependent on the will of businesses and government; the farms are dependent on a stable government and cities to buy their products; the government is dependent on keeping the balance to be able to maintain power. One leg fails, the government fails and there is mutually assured destruction. (aside ... people wonder why the US supports farms the way it does. If farms fail and people go hungry then the government fails)

Globalization is all about creating a system of interlocking dependencies. If one leg crumbles, the interdependencies crumble and there is mutually assured destruction. Governments then try to pin their incompetence, corruptness, psychopathy and/or laziness on some convenient bogey man and go to war (burying the evidence under a mound of corpses).

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

"the Chinese government needs the west to be able to maintain the dependency balance in its own country."

Depends on how much gold they have accumulated.  Gold-backed yuan or BRICs currency = they don't need the USD.

IamtheREALmario's picture

I never once said anything about the US dollar. China does not need the dollar.

However, what will they do with all of the people if they are not manufacturing for the west? What will the businesses do? What will the banks do? What will the farmers do? If the people do not have jobs then they get angry and cannot buy food. The Chinese government will fail.

People do not understand that the dependency model is by design. The ancient Romans used it to expand their empire. They wanted a system of dependencies. Portions of the empire that were not dependent felt that they had the right and ability to pull away from the empire. In those parts, the army was required to keep them weak. Why does the US hate people such as preppers? They are not dependent on the US government.

Aegelis's picture

Looks like two kids have finished exchanging words, now they're shoving each other.  No teachers around but a crowd is starting to gather.  I wonder what's going to happen next?

Stuck on Zero's picture

The whole world is waking up to the fact that China has been in an active trade war with the West for twenty years.  It's twenty years too late.