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April 1, 2018, 11:10 p.m. EDT

China announces retaliatory tariffs on about 130 U.S. goods

Import penalties range from 25% on pork to 15% on fruit

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By Charles Hutzler


Reuters
Containers are seen at the Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai, China.

BEIJING — China imposed tariffs on a range of U.S. goods, following through on a promise to retaliate against the Trump administration’s penalties on imports of Chinese steel and aluminum.

The Chinese Finance Ministry said in a statement dated Sunday that the previously announced tariffs on the imports of American goods would take effect Monday. Penalties range from 25% on American pork and eight other kinds of goods to 15% on fruit and 120 types of commodities, the ministry said.

The Finance Ministry renewed China’s criticisms of the Trump administration’s 25% tariffs on steel and 10% tariffs on aluminum under Section 232 of the Trade Act as violating global trading rules.

At the same time, the ministry suggested that Beijing’s response is designed to be limited and doesn’t seek to escalate tensions. The tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum “produced severe damage to our country’s interests,” the ministry statement said.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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