Trump Administration Proposes Tariffs On $50 Billion In Chinese Imports

TSING YI ISLAND, CONTAINER TERMINAL, HONG KONG, NEW TERRITORIES - 2018/03/30: China Shipping containers seen at the Container terminal in Hong Kong.The Hong Kong Container Terminals is the sixth busiest container port in the world. It handled over 20 million TEUs in 2017. (Photo by Miguel Candela/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is recommending 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports to protest Beijing’s alleged theft of American technology.The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has issued a list targeting 1,300 Chinese products, including industrial robots and telecommunications equipment. But the proposed tariffs wouldn’t take effect before a public comment period ends May 11.

The move is the latest in a series of aggressive actions the administration has taken to combat what it calls unfair trade practices by China and other countries. American businesses worry that the administration’s moves will draw painful retaliatory sanctions.

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