Trump Threatens Tariffs on Another $267 Billion of Chinese Imports

President Donald Trump said Friday he's poised to slap additional tariffs on $267 billion in Chinese goods, widening a trade war between the two countries.

So add Japan to the pile of unresolved disputes that includes not only China but the European Union, Turkey, Canada and-until the fine print is out and the ink dry-Mexico.

The ongoing trade spat between Washington and Beijing appears to be entering a new phase.

And Freeland is due to attend a Liberal Party meeting on Wednesday and Thursday prior to the opening of Parliament. "I'm being strong on China because I have to be".

The tariffs would potentially hurt United States companies that import everything from handbags to bicycle tires.

Members of the public had until Thursday to comment on the administration's plan to slap tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, ranging from bicycles and baseball gloves to digital cameras, paving the way for Trump to announce the tariffs as early as Friday.

"China will have to take necessary countermeasures if the US side ignores the opposition of the overwhelming major of its enterprises and adopts new tariff measures", Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said.

The US has already imposed tariffs on $50bn in Chinese products, and Beijing has punched back with tariffs on $50bn in American goods. And China has vowed to hit $60bn in USA products in retaliation.

"If the USA dogmatically implements any new tariff measures against China, China will have to take the necessary countermeasures", commerce spokesman Gao Feng told reporters.

Bloomberg News reported Friday that administration officials are discussing using an executive order that authorizes USA officials to impose the sanctions on those taking part in "malicious cyber-enabled activities". The administration should cease further tariffs actions and give another shot at talks for a trade deal with China, it said.

However, she seemed to have a different position than Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo on the relationship between the NAFTA talks and the United States steel and aluminum tariffs.

"[China] structurally is geared toward being sort of the parasite of the world", White House National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro said during an interview on FOX Business' "Lou Dobbs Tonight" on Friday.

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