China Retaliates With New Tariffs on $75 Billion of US Products

By Reuters
August 23, 2019Chinashare
China Retaliates With New Tariffs on $75 Billion of US Products
President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrive for a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

BEIJING—China unveiled on Aug. 23 retaliatory tariffs against about $75 billion worth of U.S. goods, putting an additional 10 percent on top of existing rates in the latest tit-for-tat exchange in a protracted dispute between the world’s top two economies.

The latest salvo from China comes after the United States unveiled tariffs on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, including consumer electronics, scheduled to go into effect in two stages on Sept. 1 and Dec. 15.

China’s commerce ministry said in a statement it would impose additional tariffs of 5 percent or 10 percent on a total of 5,078 products originating from the United States, including agricultural products such as soybeans, crude oil and small aircraft. China is also re-instituting tariffs on cars and auto parts originating from the United States.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro told Fox Business News separately that trade negotiations with China would still go on behind closed doors.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office had no immediate comment on China’s tariffs announcement.

The announcement comes as leaders of the Group of 7 major economies prepare to meet in France this weekend.

The United States, Europe, Japan and other trading partners say Beijing’s development plans violate its market-opening commitments and are based on stealing or pressuring foreign companies to hand over technology.

The talks are deadlocked over how to enforce any deal. China insists President Donald Trump’s punitive tariffs have to be lifted as soon as an agreement takes effect. Washington says at least some have to stay to ensure Beijing carries out any promises it makes.

Trump announced plans to raise tariffs Sept. 1 on $300 billion of Chinese products after talks broke down in May. Increases on some goods were postponed to Dec. 15.

Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed in June to resume negotiations. But talks in Shanghai in July ended with no indication of progress. Negotiators talked by phone this month and are due to meet again in Washington next month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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