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Beijing and Washington, D.C., imposed matching tariffs last month on $34billion apiece of each other's products and have plans to add $16 billion worth of goods to their lists.

China today announced a $60 billion list of us goods including coffee, honey and industrial chemicals for retaliation if Washington goes ahead with its latest tariff threat. A final decision on the tariffs isn't expected until September.

Then there is what China says and on Thursday, Beijing urged the United States to "calm down" and return to reason after news that Trump may hike the tariffs from 10% to 25%.

Trump suggested that his use of tariffs has directly damaged the Chinese economy, something that he said would continue unless they agreed to his demands, which includes allowing more US exports and investments. The United States and China implemented tariffs on $34 billion worth of each other's goods in July.

Separate releases recently showed growth in China's manufacturing sector slowing in July and one measure of U.S. consumer sentiment falling due to tariff concerns, according to media reports. China countered with more tariffs on another $50 billion, and threatened that it would respond to every Trump tariffs with an equal tariff of its own.

The Twitter posts came one day after China vowed to impose steep tariffs on $60 billion in US exports in retaliation to large tariffs the Trump is considering on $200 billion in Chinese exports. China immediately vowed to retaliate though at the same time urged the USA to act rationally and return to talks to resolve the row.

As many as 5,207 United States products, including meat, coffee, nuts, alcoholic drinks, minerals, chemicals, leather products, wood products, machinery, furniture and auto parts were listed by China to be targeted for the "safeguard its own legitimate interests".

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow warned China after it announced its retaliatory tariffs, saying Beijing should not underestimate US President Donald Trump's determination to act on trade. It did not specify what they might be, but could include increased checks on U.S. products, delays in approvals for USA firms seeking licenses and other business requirements.

Second, the US wants China to purchase at least $100 billion more in US goods, mostly from Midwest US agribusiness and manufacturing.

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However, Kudlow said there has been some communication "at the highest level" on trade between the United States and China in recent days.

The latest tariffs come as the trade war continues to escalate and Mr Trump attempts to force Xi Jining's government to change its practices.

This latest move comes after it emerged Donald Trump's administration is considering hitting £154bn ($200bn) of Chinese imports with additional levies.

USA agricultural producers in particular are feeling the sting of the trade war.

Beijing's earlier round of tariffs appeared created to minimize the effect on the Chinese economy by targeting soybeans, whiskey and other goods available from Brazil, Australia and other suppliers.

For example, he claimed that China was financing advertisements to convince Americans to stop Trump's trade agenda.

China is trying to seek an "equal" position in future talks with the United States with today's retaliation announcement, said Gai Xinzhe, analyst at the Bank of China's Institute of International Finance in Beijing.

"China's countermeasures with differentiated tariff rates are rational and restrained, and were proposed after extensively soliciting opinions and careful evaluation", the spokesperson said in a statement. "But actually, as journalists have noted, how can talks take place under this pressure?"


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