Trump orders raising tariffs on essentially all remaining imports from China

A barge pushes a container ship to the dockyard in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong province

Trade negotiators from the US and China wrapped up two days of what President Trump called "candid and constructive" talks on Friday but failed to reach agreement.

Friday morning, President Trump tweeted the US government will use money it takes in from tariffs on China to buy $15-billion worth of goods from American farmers that lose their Chinese markets. In a statement, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said that China "will have to take necessary countermeasures", while still urging the United States to meet China halfway in ongoing negotiations in Washington.

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement that Trump had "ordered us to begin the process of raising tariffs on essentially all remaining imports from China".

Two days of trade talks between the USA and China ended without a deal to avert more tariffs.

Those tariffs "may or may not be removed depending on what happens with respect to future negotiations", Trump tweeted.

"Every country has important principles, and we will not make concessions on matters of principle". "Why retaliate? All we need to do is boycotting U.S. products", one internet user said on Sina Weibo. The administration increased tariffs to 25% from 10% on a wide range of Chinese products.

India, the world's biggest buyer of USA almonds, on June 21, 2018 raised import duties on the nuts by 20% and increased tariffs on a range of other farm products and United States iron and steel, in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on Indian steel. "Or it could be felt through retaliatory actions by the Chinese".

President Trump had strong words for China on the matter earlier this week, but on Friday said the talks are "congenial".

The U.S. on Friday raised tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports to 25 percent from 10 percent. The increased taxes only apply to shipments leaving China after midday Friday and don't affect shipments already in transit. That gives negotiators a narrow window to reach agreement before the effects of the higher duties are felt.

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Liu, speaking to Chinese state TV on his arrival in Washington, said he "came with sincerity". He appealed to Washington to avoid more tariff hikes, saying they are "not a solution" and would harm the world.

He decided on the increase after accusing China of walking back on commitments, including specific measures to protect USA intellectual property.

China's Vice Premier Liu He waves as he departs the office of the US Trade Representative in Washington on Thursday.

"Markets are also clinging to Trump's comments over a "beautiful letter" from Chinese President Xi Jinping and an expected phone conversation between the two leaders".

The two countries are sparring over United States allegations Beijing steals technology and pressures companies to hand over trade secrets in a campaign to turn Chinese companies into world leaders in robotics, electric cars and other advanced industries.

Although the Chinese and the USA sides seem to be miles away from thrashing out a deal, Trump appears not concerned with the negotiations hitting a brick wall. They wouldn't identify the specific issues involved. American officials say China has repeatedly broken past promises.

Chinese officials responded by vowing that they would take the "necessary countermeasures".

China wants Tariffs lifted as soon as an agreement is reached, while USA officials want to keep them as leverage to ensure compliance.

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