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Wilson said: "Whether we get to the point where there is a full-blown trade war remains debatable, but the odds are shortening by the day". Eventually Burns relented, aiding Nixon but also helping to feed runaway inflation that dogged the US economy for almost a decade.

The president's remarks on China and the European Union run counter to a semi-annual report from the Treasury Department in April that abstained from identifying any nation as a currency manipulator.

But, she said, "I'm not filling myself with expectations or predictions" for Juncker's trip.

Fears are growing over a fierce global trade war, after Trump's imposition of hefty import taxes on steel and aluminium from the EU, Canada, and Mexico, in addition to levies already on goods from China worth tens of billions of dollars that have sparked retaliatory tariffs.

According to the US, China uses predatory practices in a push to challenge American technological dominance - and allegedly forces American companies to hand over technology in exchange for access to the Chinese market. The two countries have also targeted an additional $16 billion of each other's goods for an expected second round of tariffs. Beijing vowed "firm and forceful measures" in response.

The president's comments likely put a ceiling on the recent USA dollar rally so far this year, said Viraj Patel, a foreign-exchange strategist at ING Bank NV.

"I'm not doing this for politics, I'm doing this to do the right thing for our country". I'm not thrilled because we go up and every time you go up, they want to raise rates again. It would hurt both countries, but China's "state-run government can do more to artificially prop up its economy" and a cratering US economy would nearly surely hurt Trump's presidency.

The yuan dipped to a 12-month low of 6.8 to the dollar, off by 7.6 percent since mid-February.

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor who used her annual summer press conference to warn of a proposed 25% United States tariffs on European cars and components on national security grounds, said Junker "will be making suggestions there about how we can enter into a discussion process to avoid this".

The magnitude of the imbalance has continued into 2018, with Chinese imports totalling $205 billion in the first five months of the year and the deficit reaching $152 billion.

"Automobiles - that's the 800-pound gorilla", Brookings' Dollar said.

US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome "Jay" Powell, who was appointed by Mr Trump earlier this year, said this week that policymakers remain committed to further, gradual increases.

In return, China levied taxes on the same value of USA products. By maintaining its independence, the central bank can make politically contentious decisions to combat economic challenges, like the huge bond purchases it made after the 2008 financial crisis to help drive down long-term rates to support the economy.