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China promises retaliation if US imposes more tariffs

4 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Monday, September 10 2018 Sep 10, 2018 September 10, 2018 7:03 AM September 10, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) - China's government says it will retaliate if Washington goes ahead with more tariff increases following President Donald Trump's comment that he was considering extending penalties to more Chinese imports.

A foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said Monday that Beijing "will definitely take countermeasures to safeguard its legitimate rights" if Trump goes ahead with a new round of tariffs. Beijing and Washington have imposed 25 percent import duties on $50 billion of each other's goods in a battle over technology policy.

The Trump administration is poised to decide whether to extend that to another $200 billion of Chinese goods. Trump said Friday he was considering penalties on an additional $267 billion list of Chinese goods. That would extend tariff increases to nearly all of China's exports to the United States.

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