China files WTO complaint over latest Trump tariff plan


In this Sunday, July 15, 2018, photo, women take souvenir photos with soft toys on display at an arcade games shop in Beijing. China’s economic growth slowed in the quarter ending in June, adding to challenges for Beijing amid a mounting tariff battle with Washington. (Photo: Andy Wong, AP)

China announced Monday that it had filed a World Trade Organization challenge to President Trump’s proposal to raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. The move came less than a week after Trump announced the plan, unusually fast for such a trade challenge. The tariffs have to go through a review process, so they won’t take effect until September or later, if Trump goes through with them. China has warned that it will retaliate with similar measures if the Trump administration enacts the new tariffs. The U.S. Trade Representative said last week that the levies were a response to Beijing’s retaliation over $34 billion in tariffs the U.S. imposed as part of an effort to get Beijing to revise trade policies that have hurt U.S. firms.

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