On Jan. 22, Trump approved tariffs up to 50 percent on imported washing machines for the next three years, and duties as much as 30 percent on imported solar panels for the next four years.
China's latest shot in a tit-for-tat trade war is a World Trade Organization Complaint over us solar tariffs.
In a 20-minute interview with the newspaper, Trump said some people may complain that steel prices may be "a little more expensive" in the short term because of the tariffs, but that ultimately they will drop.
On April 2, China hit back by adopting tariff hikes on 128 US items, including pork, sparkling wine, nuts, and fresh and dried fruit products.
Trump's tariffs were not popular with the USA solar industry, which claimed the rising cost of imports would cause the loss of thousands of jobs.
Beijing said the U.S. measures are suspected of violating trade rules and that it would turn to the WTO's dispute resolution mechanism to protect its interests.
The duties also apply to imports of solar cells and modules from Europe, Canada, Mexico and South Korea. "Other Countries should not be allowed to come in and steal the wealth of our great United States of America".
A spokesperson from China's Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday that the tariffs are suspected of violating WTO rules and therefore undermining the WTO's authority. One day later, the WTO received a complaint filed by India against the United States.
Another round of US tariff hikes on $16 billion of Chinese goods is due to take effect August 23.
The United States has accused China of using subsidies and bulk manufacturing capacity to drive down prices and put U.S. competitors out of business in a range of sectors.
China responded two days later by proposing tariffs ranging from 5 percent to 25 percent on 5,207 USA goods worth 60 billion dollars.