US lists US$200b in Chinese goods to be hit with tariffs

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The official said the decision was not final and that the list of Chinese goods would not become final until after the public had a chance to comment.

The move is the latest escalation of the ongoing trade war between Washington and Beijing.

The president last month asked the U.S. Trade Representative's office to identify US$200 billion of Chinese goods that could be hit with 10 percent tariffs.

The U.S. said it had no choice but to move forward on the new tariffs after China failed to respond to the administration's concerns over unfair trade practices and Beijing's abuse of American intellectual property, according to two senior officials who spoke to reporters. And 72% of shoes sold in the US are from China, according to the South China Morning Post, citing the American Apparel and Footwear Association. "This is an appropriate response under the authority of Section 301 to obtain the elimination of China's harmful industrial policies". The proposed list of goods includes consumer items such as clothing, television components and refrigerators as well as other high-tech items, but it omitted some high-profile products like mobile phones.

"Although I have supported the administration's targeted efforts to combat China's technology transfer regime, tonight's announcement appears reckless and is not a targeted approach", Hatch said in a statement.

USA tariffs are the first stage in levies threatened by the Trump administration on a total of $450 billion worth of Chinese goods.

The White House has complained that China has used predatory practices in a relentless push to grant Chinese companies an unfair advantage in the industries of the future, including robotics, electric cars and biopharmaceuticals.

"Trump's escalation of trade hostilities makes it increasingly hard to envision an exit path from an all-out trade war". "Unfortunately, China has not changed its behavior - behavior that puts the future of the US economy at risk".

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