Trump orders tariff hikes on remaining Chinese goods, worth about $300bn
In a statement Friday, Trump’s chief trade negotiator Robert E. Lighthizer announced that the US eyes increasing import tariffs on virtually all Chinese goods.
Earlier on Thursday, the US increased tariffs on some $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 to 25 percent as the negotiations over the trade deal stalled after Bejiing reportedly walked back on some of the terms of the draft agreement.
As the high-level US-China trade talks that kicked off on Thursday ended on Friday with no breakthrough, Lighthizer said that Trump decided to slap tariffs on additional $300 billion worth of Chinese imports.
“The President also ordered us to begin the process of raising tariffs on essentially all remaining imports from China,” he stated.Also on rt.com ‘Easier & quicker’: Trump says tariffs are actually better than deal with China
Although the Chinese and the US sides seem to be miles away from thrashing out a deal, Trump appears not concerned with the negotiations hitting a brick wall.
Ahead of the final round of talks on Friday, Trump tweeted that tariffs “are much easier and quicker to do” than a traditional deal, arguing that the US might be better off without one.
“Tariffs will bring in FAR MORE wealth to our Country than even a phenomenal deal of the traditional kind,” he said.
Summarizing the outcome of two-day talks in the US capital late Friday, Trump struck an optimistic note, calling the negotiations “candid and constructive” and his relationship with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping “a very strong one.”
....into the future will continue. In the meantime, the United States has imposed Tariffs on China, which may or may not be removed depending on what happens with respect to future negotiations!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2019
The US president did not rule out that he might reverse the 15 percent hike, depending on the outcome of the future negotiations.
China has yet to respond to the latest tariff hike proposal. Beijing earlier vowed to take “necessary countermeasures” in retaliation to the tariff increase already in effect.
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