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As before, the tariffs are meant to pressure China into curbing trade policies deemed unfair, including attempts to acquire USA technologies and subsidize tech categories like AI and robotics.

Trump first imposed tariffs on roughly $50 billion in Chinese products, and the list of products mostly included industrial equipment to not directly impact consumers. The open question, of course, is how much action is enough and can China find a way to move that will be seen as being in its own interest, not kowtowing to the U.S. In many cases, though, it's not as simple as opening a new factory. The iPhone-maker warned earlier this month that new tariffs could increase the cost of its products.

"If nearly a half of American companies anticipate a strong negative impact from the next round of USA tariffs, then the US administration will be hurting the companies it should be helping", Eric Zheng, chairman of AmCham Shanghai, said in a statement.

The Chinese have retaliated with tariffs on an equivalent amount of US exports, and have promised to match future rounds of USA duties.

Kudlow earlier told reporters outside the White House that communications with Beijing had "picked up a notch" and added he saw that as "a positive thing".

A Treasury spokesman did not immediately respond to a query on the status of the China talks invitation.




The Trump administration has invited Chinese officials to restart trade talks, the White House's top economic adviser said, as Washington prepares to further escalate the U.S.

China, meanwhile, will look for permission from the World Trade Organization (WTO) to impose sanctions on the USA next Friday, according to the WTO's meeting agenda. The tariffs are paid by USA companies that import the products, and the companies are likely to pass the costs along to US consumers in the form of higher prices.

So far, the United States and China have hit $50 billion worth of each other's goods with tariffs in a dispute over USA demands that China make sweeping economic policy changes, including ending joint venture and technology transfer policies, rolling back industrial subsidy programs and better protecting American intellectual property.

"We encourage China to address the long standing concerns raised by the Unites States".

The US President Donald Trump said Washington is under "no pressure" to achieve a trade deal with China as the prospect of new tariffs loom.

China and the USA have imposed 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion of each other's goods. The two leaders may see each other at the United Nations General Assembly in NY this month and are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires in November.


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