The total value of the USA tariffs on China amounts to $50bn, though they will come into effect in two tranches, with the first round covering 818 products worth about $34bn having come into force on Friday.
Beijing insists it's the injured party. The negative impact on China's gross domestic product growth - and Chinese consumer prices - is also expected to be minimal.
The negotiations began in August but have stalled over USA demands created to discourage investment in Mexico and to shift auto production back to the United States.
Later that day, China's foreign ministry spokesperson announced that China has begun implementing new tariffs of 25 percent on some US goods including automobiles and soybeans.
"The Trump administration also believes that at least starting a trade war is in its interests; the U.S. economy is strong enough to endure a crimp in trade, the president's domestic political standing is as strong as ever amongst Republicans, and pushing China hard on trade may help restore United States credibility on other issues", he added.
I view these tariffs as a negotiating ploy by President Trump to try to force the Chinese to open up their market better for American companies.
Friday's tariffs could just be the opening skirmishes in the trade war, as U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to hit $450 billion in Chinese goods, the vast majority of imports. "Isn't that right?" the company owner Li Jiang said.
The big question is how far the hostilities between Washington and Beijing will go.
"You have another $16bn in two weeks, and then, as you know, we have $200bn in abeyance and then after the $200bn, we have $300bn in abeyance. Ok?"
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"From here, you've got to be really on your game and really talking to the marketing people that you're working with, make sure you're fully informed of what's going to happen", Wilson said. Those threats were followed by promises from both nations to tax even more imports.
Underpinning the dispute is Trump's anger at America's $376 billion deficit in goods trade with China.
Trump ran for the White House on a vow to reverse decades of US policy by scrapping deals that he said put American manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage and by forcing USA trading partners to shrink their trade surpluses with the United States.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seeking to avoid a trade war, has expressed support for eliminating the EU's auto tariffs.
China's soymeal futures fell more than 2pc on Friday afternoon before recovering most of those losses, amid initial market confusion over whether Beijing had actually implemented the tariffs, which it later confirmed it had. Trump has threatened to hit back with vehicle tariffs of 20%, which would be highly damaging for the German auto industry.
For the time being, analysts say it's hard to see Washington or Beijing backing down in the dispute. The damage could also spread to other economies, hurting business confidence and prompting companies to delay investments.
Throughout the escalating conflict, China has sought to take the high road, positioning itself as a champion of free trade, but state media ramped-up criticism of Trump on Friday.
But reaching a deal that's palatable to both sides will be tough. "You tax soybean exports at 25-percent, and you have serious damage to USA farmers".
The Trump administration has already threatened to raise the stakes.