hina on Monday retaliated against Donald Trump’s taxes on imported steel and aluminium with its own tariffs on a series of products from the United States, including meat, fruit and wine.
The measures, which came with a warning from state media that Beijing is prepared to “show its strength” towards the US, could seriously harm the livelihoods of American farmers, a group which is seen as being part of Mr Trump’s core support.
Beijing announced extra tariffs of up to 25 percent on 128 US products, measures which match a list of potential tariffs on up to $3 billion worth of US goods which was published in China last month.
China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said in a statement that it was suspending its obligations to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and that the new tariffs would start on Monday.
China’s Customs Tariff Commission is increasing the tariff rate on pork products and aluminium scrap by 25 percent, authorities announced.
A new 15 percent tariff will also be imposed on 120 other imported American commodities, including almonds, apples and berries.
The tariffs are China’s response to Mr Trump’s 25 percent charge on imported steel and 15 percent hike on aluminium.
Those measures had “severely violated the principle of non-discrimination, as the cornerstone of a multilateral trading system”, MOFCOM said.
They had also “seriously infringed on China’s rights and interests”.
Mr Trump has also announced separate plans to slap tariffs on nearly $50 billion in Chinese imports.