Some comments by Moody’s in a statement
- Tit-for-tat measures are causing rising uncertainty and political risk
- That will likely have economic and financial impact beyond what is transmitted through direct trade channels
- Risk of escalation has risen over the last few months
- Believes that US and China will avoid a dramatic increase in trade restrictions
- Further escalation in trade tensions will likely lead to more volatility in financial markets in the coming months
- Risk of escalation could lead to reduced business investment and lower production efficiency
- Further uncertainty could affect companies’ decisions
- Such as global supply chains location, which in turn would affect investment and future export growth
A general overview of the situation a la Moody’s. Well, the reported measures up until now are not set in stone just yet – we have no exact dates. But no doubt that the uncertainty will already weigh in on companies and their contingency planning.
I reckon China’s response will be much like Wednesday, but they are not likely to go into much details yet until the US comes out with what the $100 billion worth of tariffs will target.