Trump threatens to strike China with new tariffs on $200 billion in goods

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Monday to levy a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods, sharpening a tit-for-tat trade fight with Beijing.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a assembly of a National Space Council in a East Room of a White House in Washington, U.S., Jun 18, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

In a statement, Trump pronounced he had asked a U.S. trade deputy to brand a Chinese products to be theme to a new tariffs. He pronounced a pierce would be in plea for China’s preference to lift tariffs on $50 billion in U.S. goods.

“After a authorised routine is complete, these tariffs will go into outcome if China refuses to change a practices, and also if it insists on going brazen with a new tariffs that it has recently announced,” Trump said.

Washington and Beijing seemed increasingly headed towards open trade dispute after negotiations unsuccessful to solve U.S. complaints over Chinese industrial policies, miss of marketplace entrance in China and a $375 billion U.S. trade deficit.

On Friday, Trump pronounced he was pulling forward with a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion value of Chinese products, call Beijing to respond in kind.

The Chinese response clearly hurt Trump.

“China apparently has no goal of changing a astray practices associated to a merger of American egghead skill and technology. Rather than altering those practices, it is now melancholy United States companies, workers, and farmers who have finished zero wrong,” he said.

Trump pronounced if China increases a tariffs again in response to a latest U.S. move, “we will accommodate that movement by posterior additional tariffs on another $200 billion of goods.”

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Sandra Maler and Cynthia Osterman

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