Trump announced plans on Thursday to slap fresh tariffs on Chinese goods.
The new move consists of a 10% tariff on a remaining $300 billion list of Chinese imports.
“This does not include the 250 Billion Dollars already Tariffed at 25%,” Trump tweeted.
The new tariffs, which would hit a wide range of consumer goods from cell phones and laptop computers to toys and footwear, are set to go into effect starting Sept. 1. Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, Trump said the Chinese side would try to wait him out believing his successor would agree to better trade terms.
“I think the biggest problem to a trade deal is China would love to wait,” he said, adding, “They would just love if I got defeated.” Trade talks between the US and China collapsed in May after US officials accused China of pulling back from earlier commitments. Washington sharply hiked tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and Beijing retaliated, escalating the trade dispute. A new round of high-level economic and trade consultations was kicked off in the Chinese capital on Thursday.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer returned from Shanghai this week without reporting much progress. The sides both said they’d meet again in early September in Washington for the next round of negotiations. Trump had previously threatened to impose 25% sanctions on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese imports, prompting warnings from Walmart and other major US retailers of a sharp spike in consumer prices.
Thursday’s tweets indicated those goods would face a lower tariff rate than he initially threatened.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly referred to China as the “enemy” who cost Americans jobs, spied on US businesses, and stole US technology.