The U.S. government did withdraw some items from its preliminary list of imports to be taxed, including child-safety products such as bicycle helmets.
The latest round of imports will face 10 per cent tariffs through the end of the year, and then the rate will jump to 25 per cent. The Trade Department included Apple Watches and AirPods on a list of 300 products exempt from the tariffs, according to the Wall Street Journal.
China denies the allegations and has vowed to hit back with tariffs on $60bn (£45bn) in American goods.
The company, whose products have been used to light the World Trade Center memorial site in NY and by Nasa at the space shuttle launch pad, said tariffs on those components would "result in the cessation of Lighting Technologies International as an American company", as it would be unable to compete with overseas competitors.
The United States has announced fresh tariffs on $200 billion (€171 billion) of Chinese goods, spooking markets anxious about an escalating tit-for-tat trade war between the world's largest economies.
Beijing has warned that it would hit an additional $60 billion in American products if Trump ordered more tariffs.
Geng said he would not comment on "hypotheticals" such as what measures Beijing might consider apart from tariffs on USA products, saying only that details would be released at the appropriate time.
"Tariffs increase the cost of our USA operations, divert our resources, and disadvantage Apple compared to foreign competitors". The sector's initial drop came as Taiwan's tech-heavy Taiex index underperformed most other Asia-Pacific indexes and after the Nasdaq Composite on Monday suffered its heaviest one-day loss since July on Monday.
The move, which had been expected since at least the weekend, imposes 10 percent tariffs on the products. He demanded Canada and Mexico renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement to make it more favourable to the United States.
Trump's announcement landed in China on September 18, a day considered the start of Japanese aggression 87 years ago and an anniversary some Chinese see as an informal day of national humiliation. "Exciting! #MAGA", Trump wrote.
The Chinese government said on Tuesday it would take "synchronised counter measures" in response to the U.S. actions.
Stocks fell Monday as markets braced for major escalations in the US-China trade war.
Trump has threatened to add another $267 billion in Chinese imports to the target list in response to any retaliation by China.
Washington has already imposed 25 percent duties on $50 billion of Chinese goods over what it alleges are unfair trade practices.
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Analysts have warned that a full-scale trade war between the two could cause setbacks for global markets. According to these experts, a large US trade deficit with China means that America is a wealthy country and American consumers can afford the most up-to-date devices.