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Randy poskin, a soybean farmer in rural illinois, voted for donald trump in the 2016 presidential election. But ask him now he feels about that decision, and you get a tepid response.

Like many farmers in the midwest, poskin is concerned about getting caught in the middle of a trade war, as trump ramps up economic pressure on china.

"I’m fearful they will retaliate on those tariffs," poskin said. "Soybean exports, wheat, poultry, chicken, beef — [there are] any number of products that we export to their country that they could retaliate with."

The announcement has unnerved many in trump’s base of supporters in U.S. Agriculture. The trade tensions have also rattled global markets, which until recently had performed strongly.

U.S. Businesses have long bristled at beijing’s requirement that they transfer technology to chinese companies as a condition of entering the chinese market.

U.S. Businesses have also had their technology stolen through cyberattacks.Goods including

William zarit, chairman of the american chamber of commerce in china, dismissed the "hair on fire" concern that trump’s proposed moves would hurt the global economy.

"That the U.S. Is willing to risk these disruptions indicates how serious the U.S. Administration finds china’s forced technology transfer, cybertheft and discriminatory industrial policies," he said in a statement to VOA.

Zarit pointed to a recent survey suggesting members of his organization wanted the white house to "advocate more strongly for a level playing field and for reciprocal treatment to improve market access" in china.

But it’s not yet clear whether trump’s words will translate into that kind of action. That’s in part because the president’s move on thursday did not actually implement tariffs.

Instead, trump gave the U.S. Trade representative 15 days to identify specific chinese goods that will be subject to the penalties.Including pork there will then be a 30-day window for public comment. That means any move is at least 45 days away.

Trump took a similar approach to steel and aluminum tariffs earlier this month. Although the white house initially leaked news that there would be a universal tax on all steel and aluminum imports, at least six countries and the european union have since received exemptions.

"You have announcements with a lot of big, very aggressive, very dramatic rhetoric, but when it comes time to actually implement the policy, it’s much more toned down, much more in line with historical U.S. Trade enforcement policy," said geoffrey gertz of the brookings institution.

Such a negotiating tactic often gets trump the "tough on trade" headlines that he desires, even while reducing the immediate risk of starting a trade war.

Imported nuts from the united states are displayed at a supermarket in beijing, march 23, 2018.Goods including china announced a $3 billion list of U.S. Goods including pork, apples and steel pipe on friday that it said may be hit with higher tariffs.

China also released a list of potential tariffs on $3 billion worth of U.S. Goods, including pork, fruit, wine, steel pipes and other products.

"China responded strong verbally but soft in actual countermeasures," said allan von mehren, a china analyst at the copenhagen-based danske bank.

"This is a very measured reaction, as $3 billion is a drop in the ocean out of the $131 billion the U.S. Exports to china every year," he said.

"I mean, I do like the regulation side of things, the way he’s backing things off," poskin said. "But just the same, these areas of trade are very important to agriculture. We can’t interrupt this."