U.S. announces new tariffs on China ahead of talks with Beijing

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The tariffs and investment restrictions, as well as a case brought by the USA against China before the World Trade Organisation, are the outcome of an investigation launched past year into intellectual property practices in China.

The Trump administration previously announced a list of Chinese products affected by the tariff primarily focused on electronics, aerospace and machinery products.

The U.S. State Department will implement measures from June 11 to "enhance security for some Chinese visa applicants", the official said. President Trump, who said last week that he was not happy with the way the first round of trade talks with China went, has increasingly seized on the threat of tariffs as a cudgel to force concessions from other countries.

"China's trade practices raise serious concerns but job-killing tariffs aren't the answer", the statement said.

All of these announcements should be taken with a shaker's worth of salt though, since these are just the latest cards being played in a series of interconnected negotiations both internal to the White House and external with the Chinese government.

"If Beijing was under the impression that Trump's $50 billion of tariffs were actually on hold, they may find this confusing", Chad Bown, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, said. Yet if the two sides can't come to an agreement on the outline of the talks, Ross' trip could be scuttled, The Journal said.

The White House doubled down Tuesday on its plan to impose tariffs against billions of dollars worth of Chinese imports, saying it will release a list of the affected products by June.

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Beijing was quick to lash out at the White House statement, which appeared to contradict comments made two weeks ago by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that Washington had put the tariffs "on hold" while the trade talks were ongoing.

Trump has moved this year to increase trade pressure on Beijing.

Liu said a fortnight ago that a deal had been struck for China to increase imports of USA energy, agricultural, health, high-tech products and financial services.

William Zarit, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, said Wednesday that companies hope Beijing can be persuaded to ease curbs on investment and business activity. "China is one of America's largest trading partners; their predatory behaviour is unacceptable", he said.

But adding fuel to the fire this time is the fact that, at around the same time that his daughter's brand was approved for its trademarks, President Trump announced that he would work with President Xi to help rescue the Chinese communications firm ZTE, which was threatened by new sanctions. In particular, China's favoring of its own companies over foreign firms and its handling of intellectual property rights, or lack there of, with companies that do business on the mainland.

Other advisers have pushed for tougher action, demanding that China make substantial reforms to its economy to end the subsidies it provides to developing industries and to allow American companies equal access in the Chinese market.

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