Tokyo: Asian markets plunged Friday following a sell-off in New York as Donald Trump sparked fresh trade war fears by imposing huge tariffs on Chinese imports and Beijing unveiled countermeasures against US goods.
The president announced levies on up to USD60 billion of imports from China for what he describes as the "theft" of American intellectual property, fuelling speculation that a strong recovery in the world economy could be thrown off course.
Thursday's announcement comes just weeks after the White House imposed stinging taxes on steel and aluminium products entering the US -- causing equities to plunge -- as Trump drives through with his America First protectionist agenda.
China responded immediately to the latest volley from Washington by releasing a list of potential tariffs on $3 billion worth of US goods, from pork to fruits and wine, warning that it was "not afraid of a trade war".
Wall Street was sent spiralling by the news with all three main indexes shedding between 2.4 percent and 2.9 percent.
And those losses filtered through to Asia. Tokyo was hammered 3.6 percent, with exporters also hit by a surging yen, which is considered the go-to currency in times of turmoil and uncertainty.
The greenback fell below 105 yen for the first time since November 2016, while it was also down against the euro and pound.
US worse off?
Hong Kong collapsed 3.4 percent and Shanghai lost three percent, while Sydney sank two percent. Singapore dived 1.8 percent and Seoul was 2.3 percent down, while Wellington gave up more than one percent, Taipei fell 1.5 percent and Manila dropped 2.3 percent.
Hannah Anderson, global market strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management, said: "The economic impact on both China and the US will be determined by what form the tariffs end up taking. The effects are likely to be felt more strongly in the US and increase in both consumer and producer prices.
"Exports are extremely important to the Chinese economy, but have been trending less so in recent years and the US has been shrinking as a share of China's export market.
"The equity market will bear the brunt of the market reactions. Most impacted will be the US, Korea, and Taiwan as companies domiciled in these markets make up a significant portion of the global production chain of Chinese exports. Chinese listed firms, on the other hand, derive most of their sales -- around 80 percent -- from the domestic market."
Analysts also said the traders were also spooked by the fact China is the biggest buyer of Treasuries, which the US needs to keep its economics wheels greased.
Key figures around 0200 GMT
Tokyo - Nikkei 225: DOWN 3.6 percent at 20,808.27
Hong Kong - Hang Seng: DOWN 3.4 percent at 30,001.33
Shanghai - Composite: DOWN 3.0 percent at 3,167.33
Dollar/yen: DOWN at 104.92 yen from 105.35 yen
Euro/dollar: UP at USD1.2331 from USD1.2308 at 2100 GMT
Pound/dollar: UP at USD1.4118 from USD1.4103
Oil - West Texas Intermediate: UP 78 cents at USD65.08 per barrel
Oil - Brent North Sea: UP 71 cents at USD69.62 per barrel
New York - Dow: DOWN 2.9 percent at 23,957.89 (close)
London - FTSE 100: DOWN 1.2 percent at 6,952.59 (close) (AFP)
China on Monday imposed tariffs on 128 US imports worth USD3 billion, including fruits and pork.
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