MOFCOM: China strongly opposes new tariff rate increase by the U.S.
Updated 20:13, 24-Aug-2019

China strongly opposed U.S. announcement to increase tariff rates on 550 billion U.S. dollars worth of Chinese imports, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said on Saturday.

This unilateral and bullying trade protectionism and extreme pressure by the U.S. side violates the consensus of the heads of China and the U.S., made in the Osaka meeting, the MOFCOM stated.

The ministry added that the U.S. move also violates the principle of mutual respect, equality, and mutual benefit, severely undermining the multilateral trading system and the normal international trade order.

The Chinese side strongly urges the U.S. to not misjudge the situation and to immediately stop with this wrong approach, otherwise, the U.S. will pay the price, the MOFCOM affirmed.

China on Friday decided to impose an additional tariff of either 10 percent or five percent on 5,078 items of U.S. products worth about 75 billion U.S. dollars, in response to the U.S. announcement earlier this month to impose additional tariffs on Chinese imports.