Collection of 10 per cent tariffs will start on September 24 but the rate will increase to 25 per cent by the end of the year, allowing United States companies some time to adjust their supply chains to other countries, a senior administration official said. If China does retaliate, Trump threatened to add a further US$267 billion (NZ$406 billion) in Chinese imports to the target list.
Mr. Trump blasted America's trade track record with China in a meeting on the American workforce Monday afternoon before formally announcing the tariffs.
"Lou Jiwei's approach would feed the most hawkish sentiments in the USA government", the person said, declining to be identified given the sensitivity of the matter.
President Trump has signaled numerous times during the past weeks that he could slap additional tariffs on a wide range of consumer goods manufactured in China.
At a discussion hosted by the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies, six former chief United States trade negotiators decried the protectionist trade policies the Trump administration is pursuing and warned of the catastrophic effect they could have on the USA position in the global economic order.
"My administration will not remain idle while those interests are under attack".
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If true, the news should ease the minds of tech companies, who have been anxious about getting caught in the crossfire between the Trump administration and the war on Chinese-made imports.
At the same time, the administration said it is still open to negotiations with China.
While the USA aims to squeeze Beijing, . the Trump administration's additional tariffs could jeopardize the discussions, . and lead to fresh retaliation from China.
"I don't like tariffs, I'm an economist", said Susan Schwab, who served as trade representative from 2006 to 2009 in George W. Bush's administration.
On Monday morning, Trump defended his tariffs against China. Even the 10-percent tariff is a reduction in and of itself - early reports indicated that the administration was considering a 25-percent tariff.
Chinese officials are likely already tired of entering negotiations with Mnuchin, after a truce he supposedly brokered with Liu in May was publicly undermined by Trump.
Once the new round of tariffs takes effect on September 24, punitive duties will be in place on roughly half of the products the U.S. buys from China - its largest source of imported merchandise.
Sohn said he thinks that China will retaliate against every U.S. tariff and that the back-and-forth sparring will escalate until the United States is taxing all Chinese imports - US$524 billion (NZ$798 billion) previous year. Apple Inc. said last month the proposed duties on US$200 billion cover a wide range of products used in its USA operations.