US to slap tariffs on extra $200 billion of Chinese imports

The Trump administration is readying tariffs on another $200 billion USA in Chinese imports, ranging from burglar alarms to mackerel. The move makes good on the president's threat to respond to China's retaliation for the initial us tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese goods, which went into effect on Friday and would eventually place almost half of all Chinese imports under tariffs.

Lighthizer's office will hear public comments on the plan and will reach a decision after August 31, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.

China accused the U.S. of starting "the largest trade war in economic history", after the first round of tariffs took effect last week.

The U.S. complains that China uses predatory practices, including outright cybertheft, in a push to challenge American technological dominance.

China's retaliation to those measures was "without any worldwide legal basis or justification", Lighthizer said Tuesday.

The list could be released as soon as Tuesday, and likely this week, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter isn't public.

China immediately retaliated with duties on the same value of USA goods, including soybeans and cars.

Chinese retaliation: China has threatened to retaliate dollar-for-dollar if the Trump administration imposes a new round of tariffs. China has vowed to retaliate dollar-for-dollar to any further USA tariffs.

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"Tariffs on such a broad scope of products make it inconceivable that American consumers will dodge this tax increase as prices of everyday products will be forced to rise".

David Cohen, a political scientist at the University of Akron, said the pressure on Mr. Trump will mount as the economic pain spreads from affected companies to be more widely felt by consumers.

"As in the past, the United States is willing to engage in efforts that could lead to a resolution of our concerns about China's unfair trade practices and to China opening its market to USA goods and services", he added. China quickly responded by imposing tariffs on $34 billion in USA products.

Trump authorized an initial $50 billion in tariffs - including the $34 billion that took effect Friday - to match those losses.

In addition, the considering separate duties on a further US$16 billion in Chinese goods, after a public hearing later this month.

"For companies that are severely impacted, we suggest they report to local government departments", the Commerce Ministry said in a statement Monday.

The Washington Post's Danielle Paquette reported from Beijing.

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