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China announced a list of US$60 billion worth of USA imports it plans to apply tariffs on should the Trump administration follow through with its latest trade threats.

China stands poised to impose retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of US imports, including coffee, honey and industrial chemicals, if Washington goes ahead with its latest trade threat.

That move was in response to the Trump administration's proposal of a 25-percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. In negotiations with China, Trump's major request was a massive reduction in the bilateral trade deficit.

China proposed retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of USA goods ranging from liquefied natural gas (LNG) to some aircraft yesterday, as a senior Chinese diplomat cast doubt on prospects of talks with Washington to solve their bitter trade conflict given current U.S. behaviour.

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'We have really rebuilt China, and it's time that we rebuild our own country now, ' Trump said.

"The US measures are indiscriminately violating the relevant rules and worldwide obligations of the World Trade Organization, further infringing the legitimate rights and interests enjoyed by China in accordance with the rules of the World Trade Organization and seriously threatening China's economic interests and security", China's Commerce Ministry said.

He said his administration would continue to employ tariffs if other nations were unwilling to come to the table on trade.

That could cast a shadow over U.S. President Donald Trump's energy dominance ambitions. China imported US$130 billion in goods from the United States in 2017, according to U.S. figures.

Washington suggested the rate on the proposed extra tariffs could be increased from 10 to 25 per cent.

The new China tariffs on the US will impact metals, chemicals, and agriculture-related items.

Trump, in a series of Twitter posts before an OH campaign rally, said he was using tariffs, and the threat of tariffs, to try to force other countries to renegotiate trade deals with the United States.

On March 1, President Donald Trump announced that the US would be slapping a 25 percent tariff on all steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on all aluminum imports.

Even so, US President Donald Trump is insisting his tariffs on imports from China are working, taking to Twitter at the weekend to write: "Tariffs are working far better than anyone ever anticipated".

April 9: China filed a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) against Trump's metal tariffs. There's "some hint" the Chinese may be warming to the idea, and recently there's been some communications at the highest levels of both governments, Kudlow said.

China is trying to seek an "equal" position in future talks with the US with Friday's retaliation announcement, said Gai Xinzhe, analyst at the Bank of China's Institute of International Finance in Beijing.

"Given China's huge market, its systemic advantage of being able to concentrate resources on big projects, its people's tenacity in enduring hardships and its steadiness in implementing reform and opening-up policies, the country can survive a trade war".

While Trump has taken credit for new steel jobs created with the help of tariffs, retaliatory measures by Beijing and others have rattled USA soybean farmers and the many companies reliant on increasingly expensive steel as a raw material. The paper went on to say "China will eventually defeat the trade blackmail of the USA and it is impossible to force China into surrender to the US coercion".

Wang said that "accuracy" meant using tariffs to maximize the pain for targeted countries while protecting USA consumers and companies.

With LNG demand expected to skyrocket over the next 12 to 18 months, there are still some two dozen firms seeking to build new LNG export terminals in the United States and tariffs may limit their ability to secure sufficient buyers to finance their proposed projects.

While the Trump administration's steel tariffs might be meant to increase domestic-steel production, bigger job losses could happen at manufacturing companies that use steel, Paglia noted.


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