China to impose new tariffs on $75 bn of US products

PTI Beijing | Updated on August 23, 2019

China on Friday announced tariff hikes on USD 75 billion of US products in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s planned increase, deepening a trade war that threatens to tip the global economy into recession.

The tariffs of 10 per cent and 5 per cent take effect on two batches of goods on September 1 and December 15, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

It gave no details of what goods would be affected but the timing matches Trump’s planned duty hikes.

The spiralling conflict over China’s trade surplus and technology ambitions have fuelled concern among companies and investors that it might drag down already weakening global economic growth.

The Chinese government appealed to Trump this week to compromise to break a deadlock in negotiations.

Trump previously announced plans to raise tariffs on an additional USD 300 billion of Chinese goods after talks broke down in May.

They were due to take effect September 1 but some were postponed to December 15.

Published on August 23, 2019

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