China raises tariffs on optical fiber materials

Shipping containers are seen piled up at a port in Qingdao

Shipping containers are seen piled up at a port in Qingdao

A large number of Americans are uncomfortable with pre-Trump administration trade policies and believe that the U.S.is "giving more than we're getting", according to Republican pollster Conor Maguire.

The tariffs could take effect after public consultations end on August 30, according to a statement from the U.S. Trade Representative's office Tuesday.

The list includes agricultural products, minerals and consumer goods such as handbags, among other items.

"For over a year, the Trump administration has patiently urged China to stop its unfair practices, open its market, and engage in true market competition", U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in an emailed statement.


Trump said last week the United States may ultimately impose tariffs on more than $500 billion worth of Chinese goods - roughly the total amount of USA imports from China previous year. China quickly responded by imposing tariffs on $34 billion in US products. On Monday, China placed fees on a wide range of USA products, including scrap aluminum, sparkling wine and apples. Hours later, China came out with more tariffs, this time taking aim at Boeing planes. China has vowed to retaliate dollar-for-dollar to any further USA tariffs.

On Friday, the USA slapped 25 percent taxes on $34 billion in Chinese imports, a lot of them are industrial goods that the Trump administration says receive subsidies or other unfair support from Beijing. But Trump hasn't backed down, arguing that China's unfair trading practices are hurting American workers.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative explained that the goods to be levied with tariffs were chosen based on what would disrupt the USA economy the least and have the least impact on consumers.

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