Announcing the new duties, the US Trade Representatives Office: "China directs and unfairly facilitates the systematic investment in, and acquisition of, US companies and assets to generate large-scale technology transfer". President Donald Trump has suggested he may tax effectively all imports of Chinese goods, which reached more than $500 billion a year ago.

It's the latest salvo in their tit-for-tat trade battle.

March 22:Trump announces plans to hit$50 billion worth of Chinese goods with a 25% tariff.China announces tariffsin retaliation to the steel and aluminum duties and promises a response to the latest USA announcement. China has responded with retaliatory tariffs of its own.

The US is now considering tariffs on another $200bn in goods, including consumer products that were spared duties in the initial $50bn round.

An earlier round of tariffs that went into effect on July 6 applied to $34 billion in imports. Last year, China imported about $130 billion of US goods.

China has repeatedly warned it will strike back against any further punitive measures by Trump, saying the United States is threatening the global free trade order with its protectionism.

"We have made the case to the administration, in the strongest possible terms, that tariffs imposed on semiconductors imported from China will hurt America's chipmakers, not China's, and will do nothing to stop China's problematic and discriminatory trade practices", SIA President John Neuffer said in a statement.

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The latest commentary from state media on Wednesday took a softer line after resorting to personal attacks against Trump earlier in the week, saying China could get through the storm but refrained from directly mentioning the US President.

Economists warn that a prolonged trade war between China and the U.S. could end up increasing prices for American consumers and hurting United States businesses.

May 19: After a meeting, the two countriesannounce the outline of a trade dealto avoid the tariffs.

China fired back with its own warning and said it would impose duties on $60 billion of United States goods.

August 1: Washington more than doubles the value of its tariff threats against Beijing, announcing plans to increase the size of proposed duties on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25% from 10%.

USA industries and farmers have been caught in the crossfire, and the Trump administration announced $12 billion in aid to help farmers hurt by Chinese duties on crops such as soybeans.


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