Even as his administration was busy slapping a hefty 25 per cent tax on $250 billion of Chinese imports last week, President Trump was tweeting about the strength of his relationship with China's President Xi and promising that "conversations into the future will continue".
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The move comes three days after the U.S. more than doubled tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports.
Speaking several hours later at a dinner gathering at the White House, Trump said it should be clear in "three or four weeks" if a United States trade delegation's trip to Beijing two weeks ago was successful. The newest tariffs he's imposed on Chinese goods are not a drag on U.S. consumers, but rather in the service of a better bargaining position for a trade deal, which he'll deliver at some point, he hopes.
White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow warned on Sunday that there could be negative consequences to Trump's trade war, admitting that "both sides will suffer on this" while at the same time claiming that the overall economic impact would not be significant, because the economy is "in terrific shape". China's Commerce Ministry said it "deeply regrets" the USA decision.
The Chinese government's top diplomat, State Councilor Wang Yi, said during a trip to Russian Federation that China-U.S. talks were not a "one-way street" and needed to be conducted on the basis of equality, according to China's Foreign Ministry.
China's finance ministry said the new penalty duties of 5 percent to 25 percent will affect thousands of U.S. products - including batteries, spinach and coffee.
Additionally, China uses a number of trade policies that are widely viewed as unfair by many countries, with the most serious ones involving theft or forced transfer of intellectual property.
According to two studies, estimates indicate current tariffs on Chinese goods have already cost American families between $400 and $700 a year. Remember, they broke the deal with us and tried to renegotiate.
At a briefing on Tuesday, China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said: "The two heads of state maintain contact through various means".
"I think that China felt they were being beaten so badly in the recent negotiation that they may as well wait around for the next election, 2020, to see if they could get lucky & have a Democrat win - in which case they would continue to rip-off the US for $500 Billion a year", he tweeted.
On Tuesday, the president remained defiant, tweeting: "In one year Tariffs have rebuilt our Steel Industry - it is booming!" "This money will come from the massive Tariffs being paid to the United States for allowing China, and others, to do business with us".
Despite the retaliation, Beijing also appeared to give time to find a resolution by setting the June 1 date for those increases to take effect.
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as he departs a round of trade talks in Washington on Friday.
'Also, the Tariffs can be completely avoided if you by from a non-Tariffed Country, or you buy the product inside the US (the best idea),' Trump added. We will be taking in tens of billions of dollars in tariffs from China.