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USA may list tariffs on $200 billion more Chinese products

In Hong Kong and China where many suppliers to US retailing giants are based shares of companies in affected sectors fell. — Reuters pic USA may list tariffs on $200 billion more Chinese products
Patty Aguilar | 11 July, 2018, 02:55

The United States has chose to impose tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China after efforts to negotiate a solution to the trade dispute failed to reach an agreement, senior administration officials said on Tuesday.

The list of goods affected by the new tariffs includes seafood, fruits and vegetables, grains and tobacco.

"Trump's escalation of trade hostilities makes it increasingly hard to envision an exit path from an all-out trade war". But China only bought about $135 billion in USA goods previous year, meaning it will run out of American products to tax before it matches Trump's latest move. Rather than address our legitimate concerns, China has begun to retaliate against US products.

On Friday, the US slapped 25 percent taxes on $34 billion in Chinese imports, majority are industrial goods that the Trump administration says receive subsidies or other unfair support from Beijing.

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China immediately retaliated with duties on the same value of USA goods, including soybeans and cars. But Trump hasn't backed down, arguing that China's unfair trading practices are hurting American workers.

The U.S. imposed an initial round of 25% tariffs, applying to $34 billion in imports, as part of a $50 billion tariff plan.

US President Donald Trump is likely to publish this week a list of $200 billion in additional Chinese products to be hit with tariffs, possibly as early as later on Tuesday, an administration official said.

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