US President Donald Trump has boasted that trade wars are "easy to win" and warned he would hit virtually all Chinese imports if Beijing does not back down and take steps to reduce its $335 billion surplus with the US.
July figures showed the US' trade deficit with China decrease only slightly.
China, however, would run out of USA imports to levy, as it bought only $130 billion worth of American goods past year.
"There is no off-ramp, and Trump has given China little wiggle room to save face and come to the bargaining table", he said.
Still, disagreements between the two major economic powers run deeper than just the trade balance and tensions remain over market access, intellectual property, technology transfer and investment.
After months of escalation, business communities in both countries are wondering when and how the trade confrontation will end.
The duties are part of a broader round of tariffs on $50bn worth of goods the United States announced in March.
USA president Donald Trump has threatened to target all $500bn of Chinese imports.
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China has now either imposed or proposed tariffs on $110 billion of USA goods, representing the vast majority of China's annual imports of American products.
China's exports growth unexpectedly accelerated in July despite fresh USA tariffs, while its trade surplus with the United States remained near record highs as Beijing and Washington ramped up a bitter dispute that has rattled financial markets. There is a mandatory 60-day comment period for industries to ask for exemptions from the tariffs.
April 4: China rolls out a listof more than 100 USA goods worth roughly $50 billion that are subject to retaliatory tariffs.
The trade balance between the two countries, which is at the center of the tariffs tussle, continued to be in favor of China. The move appears to wreck the nascent trade deal.
June 15: Trump rolls out thefinal list of goods subject to new tariffs.
The United States Trade Representative has green lighted electric bikes and associated motors sourced from China to be subject to a 25% tariff, starting August 23rd.
June 18: Trumpthreatens a 10% tariff on another $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.
China's crude oil imports in July rose for the first time in three months, but were still at their third lowest monthly level so far this year, as independent refiners continue to suffer from the new tax regime eroding their refining margins. Those new tariffs, totaling $16 billion, will be levied against 279 products, including motorcycles, steam turbines and railway cars.