China Slaps More Tariffs On US Imports

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2019-08-23 HKT 20:57

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  • Shipping containers are loaded onto a cargo ship at a port in Nantong in Jiangsu province. Photo: AP

    Shipping containers are loaded onto a cargo ship at a port in Nantong in Jiangsu province. Photo: AP

China announced on Friday it will hit US imports worth US$75 billion with new tariffs starting September 1 and December 15, as retaliation for Washington's planned tariff hikes in a bruising trade war.

The punitive tariffs will range from 5 percent to 10 percent on 5,078 items from the US, China's state council tariff office said.

Beijing also announced it will impose a 25 percent tariff on US autos and a 5 percent tariff on auto parts starting December 15.

China had lifted punitive tariffs on American cars and auto parts earlier this year as a goodwill measure while trade talks were underway.

The tariff hikes by the US "have led to the continuous escalation of China-US economic and trade frictions, violating the consensus reached by the two heads of state in Argentina and the consensus reached in Osaka," China's State Council Tariff Commission Office said in a statement.

US President Donald Trump has imposed steep tariffs on US$250 billion in Chinese goods, with a further US$300 billion in imports targeted for new duties in two more rounds, September 1 and December 15.