Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

USA may list tariffs on $200 billion more Chinese products

USA may list tariffs on $200 billion more Chinese products

President Trump escalated his trade war with China Tuesday, identifying an additional $200 billion in Chinese products that he intends to hit with import tariffs.

The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it had has begun the process of implementing fresh tariffs on $200 billion worth of imported Chinese goods. The proposed list of goods includes consumer items such as clothing, television components and refrigerators as well as other high-tech items, but it omitted some high-profile products like mobile phones.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, responded to Lighthizer's announcement with dismay.

The White House says the tariffs are a response to unfair trade practices by China.

China immediately retaliated with duties on the same value of USA goods, including soybeans and cars.

The additional US tariffs, which will go through a two-month approval process including a public hearing, come after China retaliated in a tit-for-tat trade skirmish last week. China has vowed to retaliate dollar-for-dollar to any further US tariffs. China quickly responded by imposing tariffs on $34 billion in US products.

All told, Trump has threatened eventually to slap tariffs on up to $550 billion in Chinese imports - more than China actually exported to the United States a year ago - if Beijing won't relent to USA pressure and continues to retaliate.

"The Trump administration is gambling that by wielding such a big club, it will force China to back down", said Edward Alden, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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