China hits back at US with fresh tariffs

China has hit back at President Donald Trump by imposing new trade tariffs on $60bn of American goods.

It comes after the US slapped duties on $200bn of Chinese imports on Monday, escalating its trade war with Beijing.

China will target American goods such as liquefied natural gas, which are produced in states loyal to the US president.

However, in a tweet Mr Trump warned Beijing against seeking to influence the upcoming US midterm elections.

“There will be great and fast economic retaliation against China if our farmers, ranchers and/or industrial workers are targeted!” he said.

Earlier he had suggested that this would mean further US tariffs on another $267bn worth of Chinese products. Such a move would mean roughly all of China’s exports to the US would be subject to new duties.

The Chinese commerce ministry said it would impose its tariffs from September 24 – the date the US duties come into effect – but at lower rates than previously expected.

It will place an additional 5 per cent in duty on US products including smaller aircraft, computers and textiles, and an extra 10 per cent on goods such as chemicals, meat, wheat and wine.

By contrast, the US duties will apply to almost 6,000 items, making them the biggest round of trade tariffs yet from Washington.

They will affect handbags, rice and textiles, although some items such as smart watches and high chairs have been exempted.

They will start at 10 per cent and increase to 25 per cent from the start of next year unless the two countries agree a deal.

On Monday Mr Trump said the latest round of tariffs was in response to China’s “unfair trade practices”.

“We have been very clear about the type of changes that need to be made, and we have given China every opportunity to treat us more fairly. But, so far, China has been unwilling to change its practices,” he said.

Yes. In fact, the latest round of US duties marks the third set of tariffs put into motion so far this year.

 

In July, the White House increased charges on $34bn worth of Chinese products. Then last month, the escalating trade war moved up a gear when the US brought in a 25 per cent tax on a second wave of goods worth $16bn.

This latest round means that about half of all Chinese imports to the US are now subject to the new duties. -BBC

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