In another punch in what appears to be a never-ending trade fight, the government of China said it will impose new duties ranging from 5% to 25% on up to $60 billion on U.S. imports.
A quick review of the lengthy list of items covered in the promised tariffs revealed frozen potatoes and frozen vegetables were among the U.S. exports targeted.
China delivered its latest tariff threat after President Trump earlier this week asked the U.S. Trade Representative to increase a proposed tariff rate on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods — including garlic, onions and other fruits and vegetables — from 10% percent to 25%.
The trade dispute with China, that began in the spring, shows no signs of ending.
In April, the Trump administration imposed tariffs on Chinese steel, aluminum and other goods because of what Trump has called China’s unfair practices on technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation.
China in July tagged U.S. imports of apples, pears, oranges, grapes, cherries and other commodities with a 25% duty, adding to an earlier 15% retaliatory tariff on the same items.