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China plans tariffs on $60bn of imports to counter Trump

President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping make joint statements at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing China President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping make joint statements at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing China
Kenneth Drake | 06 August, 2018, 06:30

Duties ranging from 5 per cent to 25 per cent will be levied on 5,207 kinds of American imports if the usa delivers its proposed taxes on another US$200 billion of Chinese goods, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement on its website late Friday.

Warren-based steel fabricator Ohio Star Forge, which forges steel components used primarily in the auto industry, is unsure whether the retaliatory tariffs announced Friday will directly affect the company, but it is concerned about the trade war overall.

Economists have warned that the tit-for-tat import duties, which have unsettled the USA stock market, could undercut manufacturing through disruptions to the supply chain and put a brake on the strong economic growth.

The Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council on Friday unveiled lists of 5,207 items of US products to be subject to additional tariffs of four different rates - 25 percent, 20 percent, 10 percent, and 5 percent.

President Donald Trump this week ordered officials to consider imposing a 25 per cent tax on US$200 billion worth of imported Chinese goods, up from an initial 10 per cent rate. Mnuchin is more in favour of coming to an agreement that would bring about a reduction in the United States deficit.

Earlier this year, the U.S. also started charging levies on the imports of steel and aluminium from the European Union, Mexico, and Canada.

"Tariffs are working far better than anyone ever anticipated", he wrote on Twitter. Research later conducted on those tariffs found they negatively impacted employment and the US economy.

China urges the United States to relax its controls over exports to China, and protect and promote the high-tech trade and cooperation between companies from both countries, the ministry said.

China says the United States is deliberately creating the trade conflict, using bullying tactics, and ignoring global negotiating norms so that it can stop the rise of China as an competitor on the world stage.


The market is not large by value compared with approximately $12 billion of USA crude that came to China past year, but LNG imports could shoot up as Beijing forges ahead with its plan to switch millions of households to the fuel away from coal as part of its battle against smog.

The new list includes products as varied as snow blowers and 3-D printers, suggesting Chinese authorities are struggling to find enough imports their own economy can do without.

The White House has responded by saying Beijing's threats are weak and that the Chinese economy is in trouble. A promise that Europe will buy more soybeans and liquefied natural gas from America, to the extent it means anything, is a promise of managed rather than free trade. China retaliated in kind.

But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo remained steadfast on Washington's push for fairer trading conditions.

The foreign ministry spokesman appealed to Washington to negotiate but could not confirm reports the two sides were setting up talks.

China sells goods each year to the United States worth almost four times as much as it buys. In thinking that China will be "broken" by U.S. tariffs, Donald Trump's nation is rapidly learning that a mutually disadvantageous trade war is far more disadvantageous to USA businesses than to Chinese industries.

The Commerce Department said on Friday the trade gap surged 7.3 per cent to $46.3 billion. In negotiations with China, Trump's major request was a massive reduction in the bilateral trade deficit.

The U.S. -China trade relationship is estimated at $650 billion annually.

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