Trump announces new retaliatory tariffs on China

Trump announces new retaliatory tariffs on China

President Donald Trump says products coming from China that were to be hit with a 10% tariff on September 1 will now face a 15% levy.

President Trump also says goods and products currently being taxed at 25% will be taxed at 30% starting on October 1.

His comments come after China said it would pursue new tariffs of 5% and 10% on $75bn of U.S. products.

The tariffs would take place in two steps, just as the US said it would do earlier this month in imposing 10% tariffs on $300bn of Chinese goods.

The rising tensions between the world’s two biggest economies unnerved investors already on edge on Friday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 623 points as companies and business groups urged the two countries to get to the negotiating table.

- Press Association

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