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Trump says he’ll hike tariffs on China as the trade war takes a sudden turn

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, right, shows the way to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as they proceed to their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing,
AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool
The US-China trade talks seemed to be going well.
  • Amanda Shendruk
By Amanda Shendruk

Visual journalist

When not satisfied with negotiations, try a tweet. That’s what Donald Trump did today, saying on Twitter that he will increase US tariffs on certain Chinese goods from 10% to 25%, a surprising about-face from his earlier stance. Trump had previously delayed tariff hikes, pointing to productive talks with China during trade negotiations that started last year.

He also said a 25% tariff will soon be added to a selection of $325 billion worth of currently untaxed goods.

The abrupt announcement adds pressure to negotiations that just days ago the president claimed were going well. Now, blaming the move on slow trade talks, he tweeted: “The Trade Deal with China continues, but too slowly, as they attempt to renegotiate. No!”

The increase to current tariffs will affect more than 6,000 goods from China, ranging from anchovies and pet food to tobacco and rare-earth metals.

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