A spokesman for the commerce ministry described the latest round of USA tariffs as "very unreasonable". Chinese imports worth $34 billion would be subject to the new 25% tariff as of July 6, with another $16 billion worth of imports subject to the tariff at a later date.China retaliateswith an equivalent set of tariffs.
Negotiations broke off after the Trump administration imposed the tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports, a move the Chinese said would void any promises they'd made in negotiations.
Beijing has announced plans to retaliate immediately against the latest round of United States tariffs on Chinese imports by slapping a wide range of American products, worth $16 billion, with a 25 percent levy.
The additional list of 279 product lines to be hit later this month was announced by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Tuesday.
Americans import far more from China than the other way around, however, meaning Beijing may at some point need to look for other means of retaliation.
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Although the move was expected, it solidifies the view that there appears to be no effort underway to defuse the dispute between the world's two largest economies. And President Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on virtually everything China sells to the United States.
The government has responded by releasing more liquidity into the banking system, encouraging lending and promising a more "active" fiscal policy.
Washington had already imposed tariffs on Dollars 34 billion on July 6 but held off on a final USD 16 billion in goods as a result of concerns from U.S. companies. That was off slightly from June's 13.6% rate but still stronger than China's global export growth.
China's surplus with the United States shrank marginally to $28.09 billion last month from a record $28.97 billion in June.
Chinese state media, reflecting the government's stance, has said China will not be cowed in the face of USA threats.
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All in all, China's trade surplus with the U.S. shrank to $28.08 billion in July against $28.97 billion in the previous month.
Among the products removed from the earlier list on $16 billion of imports were shipping containers, including those used by freight companies.
May 19: After a meeting, the two countriesannounce the outline of a trade dealto avoid the tariffs. China in turn retaliated by proposing tariffs on $60 billion worth of USA goods, with the extra levies ranging from 5 to 25 percent.
China's announcement is a direct response to new duties on Chinese goods imported into the United States, announced Tuesday in Washington.
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