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China urges domestic firms to boost non-American imports as trade war with US escalates

China urges domestic firms to boost non-American imports as trade war with US escalates

The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it had has begun the process of implementing fresh tariffs on $200 billion worth of imported Chinese goods.

The list of goods affected by the new tariffs includes seafood, fruits and vegetables, grains and tobacco.

The U.S. imposed an initial round of 25% tariffs, applying to $34 billion in imports, as part of a $50 billion tariff plan.

The White House says the tariffs are a response to unfair trade practices by China. On Monday, China placed fees on a wide range of USA products, including scrap aluminum, sparkling wine and apples. These tactics include the outright theft of trade secrets, government subsidies to homegrown tech firms and demands that USA and other foreign companies hand over technology if they want access to China's vast market.

The move drew immediate condemnation from Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, who called it "reckless" and not "targeted".

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Trump said last week the United States may ultimately impose tariffs on more than $500 billion worth of Chinese goods - roughly the total amount of US imports from China past year. Trump then promised tariffs on about 1,300 Chinese products. China has vowed to retaliate dollar-for-dollar to any further U.S. tariffs.

The official said the decision was not final and that the list of Chinese goods would not become final until after the public had a chance to comment.

The International Monetary Fund has warned that a full-blown trade war could undermine the broadest global upswing in years.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative explained that the goods to be levied with tariffs were chosen based on what would disrupt the US economy the least and have the least impact on consumers. But Trump hasn't backed down, arguing that China's unfair trading practices are hurting American workers.

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