US imposes new $200bn tariffs on China

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The US is imposing new tariffs on $200bn (£150bn) worth of Chinese goods as it escalates its trade war with Beijing.

The higher import taxes will apply to more than 5,000 items, marking the biggest round of US tariffs so far.

Handbags, rice, and textiles will be included, but some items expected to be targeted such as smart watches and play pens have been excluded.

China had already vowed to retaliate if the US imposed further tariffs.

The taxes will take effect from 24 September, starting at 10% and increasing to 25% from the start of next year.

President Donald Trump said the latest round of tariffs was in response to China’s “unfair trade practices, including subsidies and rules that require foreign companies in some sectors to bring on local partners.

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“We have been very clear about the type of changes that need to be made, and we have given China every opportunity to treat us more fairly.

“But, so far, China has been unwilling to change its practices,” he said.

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