Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

White House announces additional $200B in tariffs targeting China

White House announces additional $200B in tariffs targeting China

President Trump escalated his trade war with China Tuesday, identifying an additional $200 billion in Chinese products that he intends to hit with import tariffs.

The United States and China launched what Beijing called the "biggest trade war in economic history" Friday, July 6, imposing tariffs on billions of dollars of each other's goods amid a spiraling dispute over technology.

The move came just days after the administration levied its previous tariffs package, valued at around $34 billion, against Chinese imports.

The additional US tariffs, which will go through a two-month approval process including a public hearing, come after China retaliated in a tit-for-tat trade skirmish last week. "This is an appropriate response under the authority of Section 301 to obtain the elimination of China's harmful industrial policies".

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, responded to Lighthizer's announcement with dismay.

The Trump administration on Tuesday announced a package of tariffs targeting Chinese exports valued roughly at $200 billion. High-level talks between the two countries starting in May failed to deliver a breakthrough to head off a trade war.

The White House has complained that China has used predatory practices in a relentless push to grant Chinese companies an unfair advantage in the industries of the future, including robotics, electric cars and biopharmaceuticals.

Administration officials said they hoped the measures would convince the Chinese government to increase market access for USA companies and address allegations of the theft of intellectual property.

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