On May 13, 2019, the Trump administration intensified its standoff with China by proposing new tariffs on an additional $300 billion of goods, which would apply a 25% duty rate to nearly all Chinese imports into the U.S. No effective date has yet been specified for these proposed tariffs, as the United States Trade Representative’s office works to finalize decisions on the same. This latest move came in response to China implementing a duty increase earlier the same day, whereby China raised rates on many U.S. goods, including beer and wine, clothing, and liquefied natural gas, from 10% to 20%/25%, amounting to an additional $60 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods. These new tariffs are set to take effect on June 1. Despite these growing tensions and failed negotiations last week, the two countries claim they “intend to continue further discussions” towards reaching a favorable agreement in the near future.
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