China announces retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods, seeks free trade support

Beijing has stated it would impose a duty tariff increase on American imports worth 60 billion U.S. dollars (51 billion euros) in a reaction to Washington’s announcement to add tariffs on imports from China worth 200 billion U.S. dollars (171 billion euros).

American news agency AP reported on Wednesday, September 19, that China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang appealed to the global community to support free trade.

The head of government also reacted to complaints by Washington and other trading partners about Chinese industry policies they believe violate its market-opening commitments and promised to improve conditions for foreign companies.

The U.S. and China had already introduced import taxes on 50 billion (43 billion euros) worth of each other’s goods.

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