Trump tells aides to move ahead with $200 bn China tariffs

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

"The President has been clear that he and his administration will continue to take action to address China's unfair trade practices", the White House said in a statement Friday.

China has threatened to retaliate against $60 billion of American products if Trump goes ahead with his tariffs.

"We have indeed received an invitation from the USA side".

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"We encourage China to address the long standing concerns raised by the United States".

The administration has already levied duties on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods following a study on China's intellectual property practices released earlier this year. Some have advocated a more cautious, diplomatic approach. He has recently boasted that he believes China's economy is suffering because of his hard-charging style.

Trump had already directed aides to proceed with tariffs, despite Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's attempts to restart trade talks with China, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday.

The president has said he wants to stop the "unfair transfers of American technology and intellectual property to China" and protect jobs.

The tariffs come as a number of top White House advisers have been trying to de-escalate tensions between Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Treasury invited senior Chinese officials, including Vice Premier Liu He, for more talks.

The decision was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Trump has tried to use tariffs as a way to penalize a number of countries this year, including Mexico, Japan, Canada, and members of the European Union, hoping that the threat of driving up costs on their products will make them more open to his demands.

China Shipping containers sit on a ship in the Port of Los Angeles after being imported to the U.S., California, October 7, 2010.

"For the near term, this combination of tactics seems to signal that unless and until China comes to the table with significant actions on the issues the hammering, the US will keep tariff pressure going", said Claire Reade, a former USA trade negotiator. If all of the tariffs were invoked, total imports from China facing tariffs would exceed the $505 billion in goods that the United States imported from China a year ago. "Talks without action won't do the trick".