U.S. to list tariffs on another US$200 billion of Chinese products

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China last week accused President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcConnell to meet with Trump's Supreme Court pick Tuesday Kavanaugh offers lengthy judicial record ahead of bitter confirmation fight Hundreds protest Kavanaugh's nomination outside Supreme Court MORE of starting "the biggest trade war in economic history" with his administration's original round of tariffs.

The additional USA tariffs, which will go through a two-month approval process including a public hearing, come after China retaliated in a tit-for-tat trade skirmish last week. Another source who is familiar with the situation confirmed the Bloomberg report to Reuters.

The Trump administration raised the stakes in its trade war with China on Tuesday, saying it would slap 10 percent tariffs on an extra $200 billion (£150.8 billion) worth of Chinese imports.

The United States began imposing tariffs on US$34 billion in Chinese goods at 12:01 a.m. (0401 GMT) on Friday.

Trump's implementation of tariffs against China as well as allies such as the European Union, Canada and Mexico have been met with denunciations both overseas and at home from trade-friendly lawmakers.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, responded to Lighthizer's announcement with dismay.

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Chinese tariffs have already taken a toll on USA exports such as soybeans, which raises questions about the possible political repercussions President Trump could face from farmers who supported him in the 2016 election. US officials insist China's retaliatory tariffs are unjustified.

The move comes just days after the U.S. and China imposed tit-for-tat tariffs of $34bn on the other countries' goods.

Harborn said other European companies are "scrambling to readjust supply chains" so that goods bound for the United States don't pass through China.

The International Monetary Fund has warned that a full-blown trade war could undermine the broadest global upswing in years.

The White House has complained that China has used predatory practices in a relentless push to grant Chinese companies an unfair advantage in the industries of the future, including robotics, electric cars and biopharmaceuticals.

The new duties are "a reckless strategy that will boomerang back to harm US families and workers", said David French, the National Retail Federation's senior vice president for government relations. The official added that China has warned the USA that future actions would be met with "economic attacks" on American markets.

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