US President Trump expects tariffs on Chinese imports to continue to increase, he said in a newspaper interview. At the same time he threatened with tariffs on other goods.
A few days before his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, US President Donald Trump has signaled that he wants to continue to increase the punitive tariffs against China. It was „highly unlikely“ that he would go to Beijing’s request to refrain from the measure, said Trump the „Wall Street Journal“.
The US government decided in September to impose tariffs on Chinese goods worth $ 200 billion ($ 170.2 billion), in addition to the $ 50 billion of Chinese goods taxes already imposed. Together, this affects half of all imports from China. The US tariffs so far amount to ten percent, from January 1, 2019 should then be raised 25 percent. China responded with countermeasures.
Customs on iPhones and Laptops?
Trump also threatened to impose tariffs on other Chinese imports, which have not been affected so far. If no agreement is reached with China, he will impose levies on goods worth 267 billion US dollars, he said.
The US president also did not rule out that tariffs could be imposed on imported from China iPhones and laptops. China must open up to competition from the US, Trump said.
The US trade deficit with China has long been a thorn in the side of Trump. He accuses Beijing of unfair trading practices.