China will slap 25% tariff rate on $16 billion worth of its U.S. imports, starting August 23 – in an apparent tit-for-tat against the U.S.
The announcement from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce comes close on the heels of the U.S. Trade Representative’s decision to impose 25% levies on $16 billion of Chinese goods also commencing on August 23.
And the ‘war’ might be far from over. The U.S. is also weighing its options to raise tariff rate to 25% from 10% on an additional $200 billion of Chinese imports. Should the U.S. go forward with the tariff hike, China is ready with a list of $60 billion worth of American goods to impose further levies on.