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Trade War Battle Lines Drawn as US, China Set Tariff Lists

26 November 2018

China will impose tariffs with “equal scale, equal intensity” on imports from the U.S., and all of the country’s earlier trade commitments are now off the table.

The Trump administration moved the U.S. to the edge of a trade war with China by announcing tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports and pledging additional investment restrictions, which Beijing immediately vowed to retaliate against.

The response from China signaled a rapid escalation of the dispute. The world’s No. 2 economy will impose tariffs with “equal scale, equal intensity” on imports from the U.S. and all of the country’s earlier trade commitments are now off the table, the Commerce Ministry said in a statement on its website late Friday. U.S. goods slated for levies include farm products such as soybeans and corn, a potential blow to rural states that backed Donald Trump’s election in 2016.

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Post written by Andrew Mayeda and Jenny Leonard

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