policies on technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation were unreasonable and discriminatory, and placed an unfair burden USA commerce.

Mr. Trump has continued to portray tariffs on foreign imports as good for the country, even as many Republicans and traditionally right-of-center groups preach their ills.


The Chinese government said in a statement Wednesday that the taxes would be imposed on August 23. China has responded with retaliatory tariffs of its own.

China's surplus with the USA shrank marginally to $28.09 billion last month from a record $28.97 billion. Washington has long criticised China's trade surplus with the United States and has demanded Beijing cut it.

The new set of measures are the second tranche of tariffs that President Donald Trump originally announced in March, following tariffs imposed on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports that went into effect in early July.

The office of US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said its "exhaustive" investigation showed that "China's acts, policies and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation are unreasonable and discriminatory and burden US commerce". Last year, China imported about $130 billion of USA goods.

The United States and China implemented tariffs on $34billion worth of each other's goods in July.


The surplus with the United States was higher than China's overall trade surplus in July, which was $28.05 billion, indicating China ran a net trade deficit with the world excluding the U.S.

In the meantime, it sought public comment on the new items.

In April, the administration had announced plans to slap tariffs on 1,333 Chinese product lines worth $50 billion a year.

"Certain people go against the tide for their own private ends and go against morality; the barrier of tariffs wantonly rise, and the stick of hegemony is raised all around", the commentary said.


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