That prompted fears Beijing, running out of imports for retaliation due to its lopsided trade balance with the US, might try to disrupt operations of American automakers, retailers and others that see China as a key market.
China hasn't yet clarified how it will respond to the latest salvo.
The commerce ministry confirmed last month that Chinese exporters were front-loading shipments to the U.S.to get ahead of expected tariffs - a situation that could exacerbate any slowdown in shipments towards year-end. The tariffs announced Tuesday would be the third wave.
By expanding the list, the administration is beginning to hit products that US households buy, including such things as electric lamps and fish sticks. Rather than address our legitimate concerns, China has begun to retaliate against USA products.
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There are all levels of boorish behavior and stupidity here, starting with the fact that Puerto Ricans are indeed USA citizens. She said she had spoken with Rosselló, telling him the behavior in the video "does not represent our values in Cook County".
Opponents have been quick to voice their dissent with Trump's decision to escalate the already white-hot trade dispute between the United States and China.
"Our president is going to keep fighting for trade deals that are free and fair and reciprocal", Pence said.
Jingyi Pan, a Singapore-based market strategist at broker IG Group, said investors were now bracing for retaliation from Beijing in the form of more tariffs and "other creative methods" for showing its displeasure.
Whether the trade war continues will depend on the political reaction to the current tariffs, says Gary Hufbauer, senior nonresident fellow at the Peterson Institute.
However, while many of China's exports are low-value manufactured goods that could be sourced from Mexico, Vietnam, or elsewhere, the United States often sends less easily-replaceable goods.
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President Donald Trump has threatened to tax as much as $US550 billion in Chinese products - an amount that exceeds America's total imports from China past year. It warned that China would have to respond with "necessary countermeasures" but didn't provide details. China, on the other hand, maintained that the country was "forced to strike back to safeguard core national interests and the interests of its people". And President Donald Trump has complained about China's trade imbalance with the U.S.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch called it "reckless", adding that the tariffs were "not a targeted approach".
And now China is ready to slap tariffs on American goods like French doors.
Even more tariffs could be on the way. "Given China's likelihood of retaliation, it's also billions worth of new tariffs on American exporters". He has not formally directed Lighthizer to prepare that list.
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