US President Donald Trump has threatened to make use of the 1977 International Emergency Economic Powers Act in the trade war. Photo: AFP

Donald Trump’s ‘order’ to US companies in China trade war rests on an obscure 1977 law

  • China’s announcement that it was raising tariffs on US$75 billion in US imports sent the US president into a rage
  • He later threatened to make use of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977 in the trade war
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US President Donald Trump has threatened to make use of the 1977 International Emergency Economic Powers Act in the trade war. Photo: AFP
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Trump did not explain how or when US companies would be expected to comply with his order to find “an alternative to China”. Photo: Shutterstock

China pledges to fight trade war ‘to the end’ and hits back at Donald Trump’s ‘barbaric’ tariffs

  • US president reacts to Beijing’s latest move by stepping up tariffs and lashing out at ‘enemy’ Xi Jinping in flurry of tweets
  • Communist Party mouthpiece says country has the strength to continue and warns the will to defend its core interests is ‘indestructible’
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Trump did not explain how or when US companies would be expected to comply with his order to find “an alternative to China”. Photo: Shutterstock
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