White House announces additional $200B in tariffs targeting China

Elias Hubbard
July 11, 2018

The tariffs could take effect after public consultations end on August 30, according to a statement from the U.S. Trade Representative's office Tuesday.

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

The United States has chose to impose tariffs on $US200 billion ($279 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.

China last week accused President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcConnell to meet with Trump's Supreme Court pick Tuesday Kavanaugh offers lengthy judicial record ahead of bitter confirmation fight Hundreds protest Kavanaugh's nomination outside Supreme Court MORE of starting "the biggest trade war in economic history" with his administration's original round of tariffs. Beijing immediately retaliated with similar duties on US exports.

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said there was "no justification" for China's retaliation. But Trump hasn't backed down, arguing that China's unfair trading practices are hurting American workers. China quickly responded by imposing tariffs on $34 billion in US products.

Trump has been considering tariffs against China since his officials concluded in March that Beijing violates USA intellectual-property rights, such as by forcing American firms to hand over technology.

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