The world's two biggest economies are locked in a trade dispute over Washington's charges that China uses predatory tactics in a drive to supplant US technological supremacy. Since then, Washington and Beijing have raised the stakes by threatening more punitive trade measures in an intensifying dispute that has rattled financial markets anxious about the impact on investment and growth. The USTR is reviewing 10 per cent tariffs on a further US$200 billion in Chinese imports, and is even considering raising the rate to 25 per cent.
The US says the tariffs are to penalise China for "unfair" trade practices.
Several industry bodies in the U.S. representing agribusiness, retail and technology have said the Trump administration's tariffs are hurting them and will cause long-term damage to farmers, manufacturers and consumers.
Although the move was expected, it cements the view that there appears to be no effort underway to defuse the dispute between the world's two largest economies that have continued to exchange threats.
Since then, the U.S. President has been putting pressure on China to negotiate trade concessions.
China's exports to the United States rose 13.3 percent in the first seven months of 2018 from a year earlier, compared with a 13.5 percent rise in Jan-June.
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In July the surplus with the United States was at $28.09 billion, down a touch from $28.93 billion in June, according to Reuters calculations based on customs data released on Wednesday.
A U.S. -China trade war will reduce global output by 0.7 per cent by 2020, with China's economy taking a 1.3 per cent hit and U.S. GDP dropping 1 per cent, Oxford Economics said in a research note Tuesday, before the new list was released.
It will be the second time the US slaps duties on Chinese goods in about the past month, despite complaints by American companies that such moves will raise business costs and eventually consumer prices.
The duties are part of a broader round of U.S. tariffs on $50bn worth of goods announced in March. Chinese imports of goods and services into the United States a year ago amounted to almost $524 billion.
Talks between the two countries on the issues have failed to produce an agreement, prompting China to retaliate with tariffs of its own and US President Donald Trump to escalate his threats.