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But the two neighbors - and other US allies and trading partners - have slapped back with tariffs of their own, often aimed at USA farmers who supported Trump in the 2016 election.

"The US side has repeatedly escalated the situation against the interests of both enterprises and consumers", the Chinese Commerce Ministry said in its statement.

The threat of USA auto tariffs was placed on hold July 26 after Trump and Juncker agreed to refrain from "unilateral actions" while European Union and the United States endeavor to negotiate a trade pact. "If the United States takes further escalatory steps, China will inevitably take countermeasures and we will resolutely protect our legitimate right", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a press conference Wednesday.

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Washington is preparing to also impose tariffs on an extra $16 billion of goods in coming weeks, and Trump has warned he may ultimately put them on over half a billion dollars of goods - roughly the total amount of USA imports from China a year ago.

Lighthizer told reporters on Wednesday that the additional tariffs are necessary because the original duties did not prompt China to change its trade policy.

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Despite the current account deficit likely to be reported next week, and the potential for increased tariffs from the USA some observers still expect China to end 2018 with a trade surplus of approximately US$100 billion.

The US is considering 25% tariffs on $200bn (£152bn) of Chinese goods - more than double the 10% initially planned. "The U.S. unilaterally exerting pressure on China will get the opposite of what it wants", he said. It wants China to stop stealing USA corporate secrets, abandon plans to boost its high-tech industries at America's expense and stop subsidizing Chinese companies with cheap loans that enable them to compete unfairly. The trade gap narrowed in April and May as farmers front-loaded soybean exports to China before Beijing's retaliatory tariffs came into effect in early July.

The administration has said the tariffs would remain in effect until China opens its markets to more competition and stops what the US says are unfair practices.

China is willing to resolve differences with the United States on an equal footing, the Chinese Government's top diplomat said after meeting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, but added they did not address their trade war too specifically. Because of the proposed increased rate, USTR will extend the comment period to September 5.

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it will fight back should the USA further increase tariffs.

The United States has imposed tariffs on other nations too, including Canada and Mexico, Washington's partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement.

He said China has always believed that the disputes should be resolved through talks and communications, but the dialogue should be based on "equality and respect as well as established rules and credibility".