Trump preparing additional tariffs on $200B in Chinese goods

The American flag flies near the national emblem of China outside of the Bayi Building before a welcome ceremony for U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Beijing

"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 said.

The list of goods affected by the new tariffs includes seafood, fruits and vegetables, grains and tobacco. "We can not turn a blind eye to China's mercantilist trade practices, but this action falls short of a strategy that will give the administration negotiating leverage with China while maintaining the long-term health and prosperity of the American economy".

The Trump administration on Tuesday announced a package of tariffs targeting Chinese exports valued roughly at $200 billion. "Unfortunately, China has not changed its behavior - behavior that puts the future of the USA economy at risk".

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President Donald Trump is preparing to release a list of an additional $200 billion in Chinese products to be hit with tariffs, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, responded to Lighthizer's announcement with dismay.

A ship carrying US soybeans took off for China last week just before the Asian country's retaliatory tariffs went into effect.

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

Beijing thus far has vowed to respond in kind to any USA trade action. But Trump hasn't backed down, arguing that China's unfair trading practices are hurting American workers.

The move came just days after the administration levied its previous tariffs package, valued at around $34 billion, against Chinese imports.

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Trump has been considering tariffs against China since his officials concluded in March that Beijing violates US intellectual-property rights, such as by forcing American firms to hand over technology.

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