Trump's trade war puts China's once vaunted economy in real peril

But even as Chinese economic officials try to stave off the effects of the US tariffs, exports have swooned. Chinese exports to the United States were down 14.1 percent in the first two months of 2019 compared with the previous year. The falloff has dragged down the Chinese economy as a whole. The trade dispute has “negatively impacted consumer confidence,” said Jake Parker of the US-China Business Council in Beijing.