Trump poised to slap tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports

Trump poised to slap tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports
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President TrumpDonald John Trump20 weeks out from midterms, Dems and GOP brace for surprises Sessions responds to Nazi comparisons: 'They were keeping the Jews from leaving' Kim Jong Un to visit Beijing this week MORE is reportedly set to impose tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods, which will likely further ramp up concerns about a trade war between the world's two largest economies.

The White House could release the list of about 1,300 technology products imported from China that would get hit by the duties as early as Friday, according to news reports on Thursday night.

The tariffs are expected to go into effect soon, but no date has been announced.

Imposing the tariffs could jeopardize Beijing's cooperation in talks to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.


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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged during her daily media briefing that top administration officials had held a trade meeting on Thursday.

But Sanders couldn't provide details of what the White House would ultimately announce.

"Well, since I'm not making any announcements, it would be hard for me to give details of an announcement that we're not quite ready to make," she told reporters.

"Whether or not we will, we'll certainly keep you posted. But beyond that, I can't get into any details," she said.

The White House has argued that the tariffs are needed to curb China's efforts to steal intellectual property from U.S. companies.

In March, Trump announced plans for at least $50 billion in tariffs over longstanding concerns about China's unfair trade policies that required U.S. companies to transfer technology to China's domestic businesses, as well as the theft of trade secrets. 

Then in April, the administration provided a preliminary list of technology goods that the U.S. might target for a 25 percent tariff. 

The decision stems from the conclusions of a Section 301 investigation launched in August that found that China’s theft of intellectual property is costing the U.S. economy billions of dollars. 

The U.S. has already imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum from a wide range of nations, including China.