In March 2018, the USTR had released the findings of its "exhaustive" Section 301 investigation that found China's acts, policies and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation are "unreasonable and discriminatory and burden U.S. commerce". Chinese imports worth $34 billion would be subject to the new 25% tariff as of July 6, with another $16 billion worth of imports subject to the tariff at a later date.China retaliateswith an equivalent set of tariffs.

The Trump administration has deepened its trade war with China by announcing a new round of tariffs worth $US16 billion ($22 billion), a move the Chinese government has warned will trigger another round of retaliatory tariffs on United States exports.

John Neuffer, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association, said: "We have made the case to the administration, in the strongest possible terms, that tariffs imposed on semiconductors imported from China will hurt America's..."

China's exports surged more than expected in July despite fresh USA duties and its closely watched surplus with the United States remained near record highs, as Washington finalised its new tariff list in a bitter dispute that some fear could derail global growth. China's exports to the USA fell by 2.5 percent to $41.5 billion month-on-month, while imports of United States goods plunged 1.5 percent to $13.4 billion, according to data from General Administration of Customs on Wednesday, as quoted by the media.

Washington had already imposed tariffs on Dollars 34 billion on July 6 but held off on a final USD 16 billion in goods as a result of concerns from U.S. companies.

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A weaker yuan, which marked its worst 4-month fall on record between April and July, may have taken the sting out of 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion exports to the United States.

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After a strong start to the year, growth in the world's second-largest economy cooled slightly in the second quarter, partly hit by the government's years-long efforts to tackle debt risks. And Mr. Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on virtually everything China sells to the United States.

The government has responded by releasing more liquidity into the banking system, encouraging lending and promising a more "active" fiscal policy.

China fired back warning it would impose duties on $60 billion in USA goods.

Imports grew 27.3 percent in July, customs said, beating analysts' forecast of 16.2 percent growth, and compared with a 14.1 percent rise in June.

April 4: China rolls out a listof more than 100 USA goods worth roughly $50 billion that are subject to retaliatory tariffs.

They appear far from a resolution. and according to USA local news outlets, the USTR is reviewing the 10 percent tariffs on a further 200-billion US dollars of Chinese imports...and is considering raising the rate to 25 percent. It represents the latest salvo in the ever-expanding trade war between the United States and China.

Chinese state media, reflecting the government's stance, has said China will not be cowed in the face of USA threats. But it held off on a final $16 billion as a result of concerns raised by USA companies.


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