On July 11, the Trump administration announced that the US was starting the process to impose 10% tariffs on another USD 200 billion in Chinese export goods as soon as September.
The move is further expanding the economic trade war with China.
“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,” US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement, according to CNBC. “Rather than address our legitimate concerns, China has begun to retaliate against U.S. products.”
The tariffs will undergo a two-month review process, with hearings on August 20-23.
The new sanctions follows threats by US President Donald Trump that he may implement tariffs on at least $500 billion in Chinese goods should Beijing retaliate against the $34 billion in US tariffs, which started working last Friday.
US. Trade Representative Lighthizer’s statement regarding the new tariffs:
“On Friday, in response to unfair Chinese practices, the United States began imposing tariffs of 25 percent on approximately $34 billion worth of Chinese imports. These tariffs will eventually cover up to $50 billion in Chinese imports as legal processes conclude. The products targeted by the tariffs are those that benefit from China’s industrial policy and forced technology transfer practices.
China has since retaliated against the United States by imposing tariffs on $34 billion in U.S. exports to China, and threatening tariffs on another $16 billion. It did this without any international legal basis or justification.
As a result of China’s retaliation and failure to change its practices, the President has ordered USTR to begin the process of imposing tariffs of 10 percent on an additional $200 billion of Chinese imports. This is an appropriate response under the authority of Section 301 to obtain the elimination of China’s harmful industrial policies. USTR will proceed with a transparent and comprehensive public notice and comment process prior to the imposition of final tariffs, as we have for previous tariffs.”
It’s intersting to note that Washington claims its actions are fair and legal while any Chinese response is illegal. This is a common US approach in any conflicts.
The Chinese Commerce Ministry released own statement slamming the US move promising a mirror response to defend its national interests.
“The Chinese side is shocked by the actions of the US,” the ministry said in the statement. “In order to safeguard the core interests of the country and the fundamental interests of the people, the Chinese government will, as always, have to make the necessary counter-measures.”