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US President Donald Trump has defended his tariffs against China, tweeting that they had brought Beijing to the negotiating table.

On Friday, China announced it would place additional tariffs on about $60 billion worth of USA goods, which are subject to four rates, 25 percent, 20 percent, 10 percent and 5 percent.

China plans to slap additional tariffs on 5,207 categories of U.S. products with four levels of tariff rates - 25 percent, 20 percent, 10 percent and 5 percent.

China's state media said on Saturday the government's retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion of US goods showed rational restraint and they accused the United States of blackmail.

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"We do have significant exports to China, especially in mechanical machinery and electrical machinery", said Mousa Kassis, director of the Export Assistance Network at Youngstown State University.

President Donald Trump this week ordered officials to consider imposing a 25 percent tax on $200 billion worth of imported Chinese goods, up from an initial 10 percent rate. United States manufacturers are considering expanding outside the country to avoid the widening trade conflict, according to the Institute for Supply Management's July survey.

The State Council outlined the plan just days after the U.S. said it was considering higher tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods than initially planned. Another $16 billion in levies will likely follow in the coming days or weeks.

"We said before that this round of tariffs amounted to doubling down on the recklessness of imposing a trade policy that will hurt United States families and workers more than they will hurt China", a major trade group, the National Retail Federation, said in a statement last week. The Chinese side seem to be seeking to match that ratio with the new proposals.

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Most major USA crops were already hit by previously announced Chinese duties, so the fresh duties announced Friday on about $60 billion worth of American goods is leaving the farm largely unscathed.

In response, the Chinese government has released more liquidity into the banking system, encouraging lending and promising more "active" fiscal policy. China market has dropped 27% in the last 4 months, and they are talking to us.

Trump on Saturday claimed his administration's enormous tariffs on other nations, including China, are "working far better than anybody anticipated", though economists have warned his trade policies could harm the global economy.

"China has made it very clear it is going to boost infrastructure investment for the second half of the year", said ANZ's Wang.

"As the 'tit-for-tat" trade war continues, global markets appear to show resilience against any major moves by either the U.S. or China and the tariffs they are placing.

While soybean exports continued to rise in July - as Chinese importers rushed to buy ahead of the retaliatory tariffs Beijing imposed in July - US shipments of automobiles, aircraft and pharmaceuticals fell. Wang said on Friday they did not get into details.

Timing will depend on the actions of the United States, the Chinese Commerce Ministry said in a separate statement.

"Leading China's economy on a stable and far-reaching path, we have confidence and determination", another commentary in the main edition of the People's Daily said.

"The trade war is a tactic by Trump, but if it eventually evolves into a strategic confrontation, the result will undoubtedly be disastrous", he said.


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