Responding to Trump, China Plans New Tariffs on U.S. Goods


Chinese border police officers watch the arrival of a container ship at a port in Qingdao in Shandong Province. On Friday, China said it planned to impose additional tariffs on 128 American products after President Trump proposed tariffs on a variety of Chinese products.Credit Chinatopix, via Associated Press

BEIJING — China announced Friday that it planned to impose tariffs on $3 billion worth of American-produced fruit, pork, wine, seamless steel pipes and more than 100 other goods, hitting back at the United States hours after President Trump proposed tariffs on about $60 billion worth of Chinese-made products.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce issued the threat in an online statement that said its proposed measures retaliated against the Trump administration’s earlier decision to impose tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum. The timing, though, also appeared to be a warning shot against Mr. Trump’s latest action on the trade front, on Thursday, when he took specific aim at a much wider range of Chinese products.

The Chinese tariffs would “balance out the losses sustained by China through the United States’ increased tariffs on steel and aluminum imports,” an unnamed Commerce Ministry spokesman said in the statement. “China urges the United States to resolve China’s concerns as soon as possible, resolve bilateral differences through dialogue and consultation, and avoid damage to the broader array of Chinese-U.S. cooperation.”

Responding to Trump, China Plans New Tariffs on U.S. Goods
Responding to Trump, China Plans New Tariffs on U.S. Goods

Under the planned Chinese countermeasures, American-produced fresh fruit, nuts, wine, seamless steel pipes and other goods would be the first to get hit, by 15 percent tariffs.

If Beijing feels necessary, another group of American-made goods would then draw 25 percent tariffs, including pork, which is a lucrative slice of United States exports to China. It said businesses and other parties had until March 31 to submit views about the retaliatory tariffs, meaning they would take effect only after that date.

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