Trump administration announces $22b in fresh tariffs on China

Cars to be exported are seen at a port in Lianyungang Jiangsu province China

Washington has long criticized China's trade surplus with the United States and has demanded Beijing cut it.

Wednesday's Chinese data provide the first readings of the overall trade picture for the world's second-largest economy since U.S duties on $34 billion of Chinese imports came into effect on July 6.

Of more direct outcome in the Sino-U.S. trade war, China's surplus with the United States shrank only marginally to $28.09 billion last month from a record $28.97 billion in June.

Mr. Trump has continued to portray tariffs on foreign imports as good for the country, even as many Republicans and traditionally right-of-center groups preach their ills.

Customs will begin collecting the duties on the products from 12:01 a.m. on August 23, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement on its website on Wednesday. For instance, the major complaint is about the theft of USA intellectual property by Chinese firms.

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China has responded with retaliatory tariffs of its own. But it held off on a final $16 billion as a result of concerns raised by United States companies.

Farmers for Free Trade in the US (FFF) has said American farmers are already seeing market disruption, and that the trade disputes "could cost billions of dollars to the already-stressed food and agricultural sector in the US". But given the lack of talks and Trump's unclear goals, the trade war doesn't appear to be close to a resolution. Over the weekend, Trump told a rally he holds the advantage over China, adding playing hardball on trade is "my thing".

It has not yet given a date for its previously announced retaliatory tariffs on $16 billion in USA goods, which will target commodities such as crude oil, natural gas, coal and some refined oil products.

China also said it would levy tariffs on liquified natural gas, diesel, coal, chemicals, cars, steel products and medical equipment. There is a mandatory 60-day comment period for industries to ask for exemptions from the tariffs.

The duties are part of a broader round of tariffs on $50bn worth of goods the United States announced in March. The finalized list of goods affected includes 279 items.

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As additional trade deals are signed, the president predicted that economic growth would "go much, much higher", a view at odds with his own administration's forecasts. The number of categories of goods subject to tariffs rose to 333 from 114 in the June draft, although the total value is unchanged.

Chinese state media has said Beijing will not be cowed by Washington's threats.

August 3: China announces that the country will impose tariffs of various rates on another $60 billion worth of U.S. goods if Trump moves forward with his latest threat.

China fired back with its own warning and said it would impose duties on $60 billion of United States goods.

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