Trade showdown

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Tuesday raised the stakes in a growing trade showdown with China, announcing 25 per cent tariffs on some 1300 industrial technology, transport and medical products to try to force changes in Beijing’s intellectual property practices.

The US Trade Representative’s office unveiled a list of mainly non-consumer products representing about $50 billion ($F102b) of estimated 2018 imports that would nonetheless hit supply chains for many US manufacturers.

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