US levies 10 percent taxes on Chinese products worth $200 billion

Trucks transport containers at the Port of Qingdao in Qingdao, China’s Shandong province, Apr 30, 2018 (reissued Jul 6, 2018). EPA-EFE FILE/WU HONG

Washington DC, July 10 (efe-epa).- The President of the United States ordered on Tuesday the start of the process of imposing additional 10-percent taxes on Chinese imports worth $200 billion, according to a statement by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

The new tariffs were adopted Tuesday by the US government in retaliation for Beijing’s response to the first set of taxes imposed by Washington.

On July 6, the US levied 25-percent tariffs worth $34 billion as part of a first tax package worth $50 billion, to which China responded with similar measures.

“As a result of China’s retaliation and failure to change its practices, the President has ordered USTR to begin the process of imposing tariffs of 10 percent on an additional $200 billion of Chinese imports,” the agency said in a statement.

Along with the statement, the USTR published a 200-page list of products affected by the measure such as fruits and vegetables, cereals, products of animal origin, wood, boats and construction materials.

The list also includes chemical products, fuels, tobacco and alcohol, textiles, answering machines and photographic and video material, among others.

“For more than a year, the Trump administration has patiently urged China to stop its unfair practices, open its market, and engage in true market competition,” the USTR said in its statement.

“We have been very clear and detailed regarding the specific changes China should undertake. Unfortunately, China has not changed its behaviour – behaviour that puts the future of the US economy at risk,” the text added.

The agency also announced that it will proceed with a public notice and comment process before the new tariffs officially take effect.

President Donald Trump had previously warned China of the imposition of the latest tariffs and of a possible third tax package worth $300 billion if the Asian giant decides to respond.

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