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Trump's new tariffs could trigger trade war with China

Joe Mont | April 4, 2018

This week, as part of the “U.S. response to China’s unfair trade practices related to the forced transfer of U.S. technology and intellectual property,” the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative published a proposed list of products imported from China that could be subject to additional tariffs. China has countered with a list of its own.

Following USTR’s investigation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, President Trump announced in March that the United States will impose tariffs on approximately $50 billion worth of Chinese imports and take other actions in response to China’s policies that his administration says, “coerce American companies into transferring their technology and intellectual property to domestic Chinese enterprises.” These policies, White House officials say, “bolster China’s stated intention of seizing economic leadership in advanced technology as set forth in...

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