Tariffs: China hits back, Stops Purchase of U.S. Produce
China has asked its companies to stop purchasing U.S. farm products in response to Washington’s latest round of tariffs on its exports.
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce made this known in a statement.
The ministry added that Beijing would not rule out hiking imports duties on farm products dating back to August 3.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday announced he would hike tariffs on 300 billion dollars’ worth of Chinese goods to 10 per cent from Sept. 1.
The tariffs are to come on top of the 25-per-cent levies already imposed over the past year on 250 billion dollars’ worth of Chinese products.
When they take effect, all Chinese goods coming into the U.S. will be subject to punitive tariffs.
The Chinese ministry called the latest tariffs a “serious violation” in the ongoing trade war between the world’s two largest economies.
The authorities of China have announced that they will retaliate if the United States goes ahead with the introduction of additional tariffs on Chinese goods billed for September 1. US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that Washington would impose an additional 10 percent tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese products effective 1 September and warned that it would continue “taxing” Beijing until a trade deal is reached. Donald Trump’s tariff expansion, which enters into force next month, would result in Washington taxing nearly every Chinese consumer item sent to the United States, including “clothing, toys, home goods, and electronics”, Axios reported, citing the Retail Industry Leaders Association. Other products US additional tariffs are expected to affect include guns, furniture, sports equipment, flowers, fruits and vegetables, spices, alcohol and miscellaneous items, like baby formula, diapers, books, sewing machines, handbags, calendars, contact lenses, etc. “If the US increases tariffs, the Chinese side will take retaliatory actions. I think the United States should think carefully before taking such steps, because they will have to face the deplorable consequences of their own actions”, said spokeswoman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Hua Chunying. Earlier on Friday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi described Trump’s tariffs as “not a constructive” way to end the trade war. “Slapping on tariffs is definitely not a constructive way to resolve economic and trade frictions, it’s not the correct way”, the minister reportedly said. His comment was made a day after the US president pledged to continue “taxing” China until a trade deal is reached and vowed to impose an additional 10 percent tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods starting 1 September. In a series of tweets, Trump explained that his move was motivated by China’s decision to renegotiate an existing trade deal prior to signing, not to purchase American agricultural products in large quantities – as promised, and not to stop the sale of Fentanyl to the US.