It will also cause more uncertainty regarding a potential trade deal, says Max Baucus, who is also a former Democratic senator from Montana.
The Trump administration blacklisted 28 Chinese companies and restricted visas for officials amid alleged abuses in China's Xinjiang region.
The president could be "playing a waiting game" on China trade to help his reelection bid, says former U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus.
"The Chinese are so tough, they can withstand more pain, in my judgement, than can Americans," says Max Baucus, also a former senator from Montana.
U.S. tariffs on goods made in China will continue indefinitely, said Max Baucus, former American ambassador to the country.
Former Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who served as U.S. Ambassador to China under President Obama, joins "Squawk Box" to give his expert opinion on Trump's Vietnam summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
CNBC asked analysts what constitutes a trade war amid the latest escalation in U.S.-China trade tensions.
President Donald Trump has requested the United States Trade Representative to identify $200 billion worth of Chinese goods for additional tariffs at a rate of 10 percent.
The U.S. goal for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula is shared by China but for different reasons, says ex-diplomat and ex-Sen. Max Baucus.
President Donald Trump is mixing three issues that should not be mixed: trade, foreign policy and enforcement, says Max Baucus.
Beijing will retaliate against heavy steel and aluminum tariffs from the U.S., Max Baucus said.
McCrery and Baucus agree tax reform could pass but disagree on the details.
Kim Jong Un "is not going to push the button because then he's gone," Democratic former Sen. Max Baucus says.
Former Sen. Max Baucus, (D-Mont.), and former U.S. Ambassador to China, explains why he thinks there's unlikely to be a war with North Korea.
Former Sen. Max Baucus, (D-Mont.), and former U.S. Ambassador to China, provides insight to the bitter battle on Capitol Hill over health-care reform.
Former Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) talks about President Trump's visit to the Middle East, and the White House roll-out of the 2018 budget.
Experts say it's time for the U.S. leader to let his past hostile comments about the Asian powerhouse fade with the Florida sunset.
The oil industry's lobbying arm said it will push lawmakers to consider lifting a ban on crude exports in the new year.
Making Sen. Max Baucus the next ambassador to China reflects the importance the U.S. places on advancing its economic relationship with Beijing.
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