US and China both omit key products from tariff threats

US and China both omit key products from tariff threats
FILE- In this Sept. 29, 2014, file photo, the first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental airplane to be delivered to Air China is moved into position from Boeing's assembly facility to Paine Field in Everett, Wash. In their escalating conflict over trade, what the U.S. and China are leaving off their tariff lists tells as much as what’s on the lists. China put smaller planes on its list, but excluded the 747 and other big planes made in the U.S. by Boeing Co. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. and China are both threatening tariffs over billions of dollars’ worth of products in their escalating conflict over trade.

In both cases, what’s not on their lists also says a lot.

Neither country is targeting products that they would have a hard time getting elsewhere.

China, for example, isn’t threatening tariffs on the billion worth of animal skins it imports from the U.S. each year to make footwear and upholstery because those skins are valuable and replacements wouldn’t be easy to find. It also isn’t targeting the largest jets made by Boeing Co.

U.S. officials say they want to minimize pain for U.S. consumers so many of the most-imported products, like cell phones, computers, clothes and shoes, aren’t on the U.S. list.