The US on Tuesday published a list of $200 billion (€170 billion) worth of Chinese goods that could soon be hit with tariffs.
The move marked the latest escalation of the ongoing trade war between Washington and Beijing.
The U.S. imposed an initial round of 25% tariffs, applying to $34 billion in imports, as part of a $50 billion tariff plan.
The US Trade Representative office will hold hearings on the targeted products and it's expected it will take about two months to finalize the list, at which point Mr Trump would decide whether to go ahead with the tariffs.
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Chinese tariffs have already taken a toll on USA exports such as soybeans, which raises questions about the possible political repercussions President Trump could face from farmers who supported him in the 2016 election.
The president last month asked the US Trade Representative's office to identify US$200 billion of Chinese goods that could be hit with 10 per cent tariffs. Rather than address our legitimate concerns, China has begun to retaliate against US products. They target baseball gloves, handbags and digital cameras, among other goods. The trade war could also jeopardize China's help in confronting North Korea's nuclear program.
"Although I have supported the administration's targeted efforts to combat China's technology transfer regime, tonight's announcement appears reckless and is not a targeted approach", Hatch said in a statement.
A senior administration official told Fox News that China has been "non-responsive" to US actions and has insisted that Beijing does not see any way America has been hurt by Chinese policies. They are meant to put pressure on China to stop stealing US companies' trade secrets and forcing them to hand over intellectual property to Chinese firms as a condition of doing business there. That's why Trump can slap tariffs on them just because he feels like it.
"For many years, China has pursued abusive trading practices with regard to intellectual property and innovation", Mr. Lighthizer said in a statement on Tuesday.
The U.S.is now considering levying duties on a further $16 billion in Chinese goods, after a public hearing later this month. "Unfortunately, China has not changed its behaviour".
"Xi Jinping and the Communist Party do not face midterm elections in November", Rank said of the Chinese president, who is no longer bound by term limits.