U.S. to impose extra tariffs on $200bn of Chinese imports

Shipping containers are seen piled up at a port in Qingdao

It also includes consumer goods ranging from vehicle tires, furniture, wood products, handbags and suitcases, to dog and cat food, baseball gloves, carpets, doors, bicycles, skis, golf bags, toilet paper and beauty products.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative proposed 10 percent tariffs Tuesday on a list of 6,031 Chinese product lines.

Administration officials said a two-month process would allow the public to comment on the proposed tariffs before the list is finalized.

Reacting to the "totally unacceptable" Washington list, the commerce ministry in Beijing said it would be forced to take "countermeasures".

The administration said the new levies are a response to China's decision to retaliate against the first round of US tariffs.

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer late Tuesday accused China of retaliating to its tariffs "without any worldwide legal basis or justification".

"This type of irrational behaviour is unpopular", the statement said, adding China would tack on the case to its suit against the USA at the WTO.

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China said tit-for-tat tariffs will "destroy" trade between the world's top two economies, after Washington fired the next shot in a ballooning trade war, readying fresh levies on $200 billion in Chinese goods.

S&P 500 and Dow futures dropped around 1 percent, pointing to a weak opening on Wall Street later on Wednesday.

President Trump had warned China that if the country retaliated to those tariffs, he would impose additional ones; China did, quickly adding tariffs to more than 500 different American imports. The Republican chairman of the U-S Senate Finance Committee says the move is reckless.

The US Chamber of Commerce has supported Trump's domestic tax cuts and efforts to reduce regulation of businesses, but it has been critical of Trump's aggressive tariff policies. "Given China's likelihood of retaliation, it's also billions worth of new tariffs on American exporters". "It will also result in retaliatory tariffs, further hurting American workers", a Chamber spokeswoman said.

The officials said they tried to target goods that would reduce the harm to USA consumers. "Consumers, businesses and the American jobs dependent on trade, are left in the crosshairs of an escalating global trade war", said Hun Quach, the head of worldwide trade policy for the group.

In Beijing, Li Chenggang, assistant minister at China's Commerce Ministry, said at a forum in Beijing that the latest United States proposals interfered with the globalisation of the world economy and that China's support for a multilateral trade system would not change. "It seems that the United States is escalating the scale of this trade friction", said Mr. Li, adding: "The negative impact of the trade friction has already appeared". "Right now, world trade is relatively chaotic". "We can not turn a blind eye to China's mercantilist trade practices, but this action falls short of a strategy that will give the administration negotiating leverage with China while maintaining the long-term health and prosperity of the American economy".

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