U.S. steps up China trade spat with $200bn new tariffs

US unveils $200 billion list of China imports for tariffs

US unveils $200 billion list of China imports for tariffs

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.

President Donald Trump last month threatened additional tariffs against China if it retaliated. But the new tariffs will not be imposed until later this summer, after a public comment period.

"For over a year, the Trump administration has patiently urged China to stop its unfair practices, open its market, and engage in true market competition", U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in announcing the proposed tariffs. "The proposed modification is to maintain the original $34 billion action and the proposed $16 billion action, and to take further action in the form of an additional 10 percent ad valorem duty on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $200 billion", read the document published by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

This most recent maneuver follows a threat President Trump made last month, and comes days after the US and China imposed tit-for-tat tariffs on more than $30 billion in goods.

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US Senate Finance Committe chairman Orrin Hatch labelled the move as "reckless", while the US retail industry leaders assocation immediately condemned the move, saying the "the President has broken his promise".

"Rather than address our legitimate concerns, China has begun to retaliate against United States products". President Donald Trump had ordered him last month to draw up the list in the event China retaliated against a previous round of US tariffs.

The United States complains that China uses predatory practices in a push to challenge American technological dominance.

"Unfortunately, China has not changed its behaviour - behaviour that puts the future of the U.S. economy at risk".

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Trump administration officials, for their part, argue that the Obama administration's preferred methods for dealing with unfair trade practices - negotiations and litigation at the World Trade Organization - were ineffective, and it is time to take a harder line.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has supported Trump's tax cuts and efforts to reduce regulation of businesses, also criticized the administration's move.

In Beijing, Li Chenggang, assistant minister at China's Commerce Ministry, said that the latest USA proposals would hurt both countries and pointed to declines in Chinese export growth and overseas investment to the United States in the first half of this year.

Members of Congress are increasingly questioning Trump's aggressive trade policies, warning that tariffs on imports raise prices for consumers and expose USA farmers and manufacturers to retaliation overseas.

United States tariffs on Chinese goods to come into effect
The spokesman added that the " US is shooting itself in the foot and hurting the world " with its tariff hikes. Trump has threatened other measures created to limit China's ability to access the US.

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