Report: Trump to go ahead with new tar­iffs on China

Both gov­ern­ments have im­posed 25 per­cent tar­iffs on $50 bil­lion of each's goods

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WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is go­ing ahead with plans to im­pose new tar­iffs on about $200 bil­lion of Chi­nese im­ports, The Wall Street Jour­nal re­ported Satur­day.

Both sides were pre­par­ing to hold new talks on their tar­iff dis­pute. Last week Trump told re­porters such a move could come “very soon.”

The Jour­nal cited un­named peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter who said the tar­iff level will likely be set at about 10 per­cent, be­low the 25 per­cent an­nounced ear­lier this year.

The two have al­ready im­posed 25 per­cent tar­iffs on $50 bil­lion of each other's goods. Bei­jing has is­sued a list of another $60 bil­lion of Amer­i­can prod­ucts for re­tal­i­a­tion if Trump's next tar­iff hike goes ahead.

White House spokes­woman Lind­say Wal­ters de­clined com­ment on the tim­ing of a pos­si­ble an­nounce­ment, but said: “The Pres­i­dent has been clear that he and his ad­min­is­tra­tion will con­tinue to take ac­tion to ad­dress China's un­fair trade prac­tices. We en­cour­age China to ad­dress the long stand­ing con­cerns raised by the United States.”

The Chi­nese for­eign min­istry said Thurs­day that it was in­vited to hold new talks. En­voys from the two coun­tries last met Aug. 22 in Wash­ing­ton but re­ported no progress.

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