A trade dispute between the U.S. and China intensified on Friday, as Beijing pledged to fight the U.S. over additional tariffs on Chinese goods proposed by President TrumpDonald TrumpFive reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Giving thanks for Thanksgiving itself Immigration provision in Democrats' reconciliation bill makes no sense MORE.
"China will dedicate itself to the end and at any cost and will definitely fight back firmly," the Chinese Commerce Ministry said, according to The Associated Press.
The warning from Beijing came a day after Trump directed the U.S. Trade Representative to look at additional tariffs on $100 billion worth of Chinese products.
According to the AP, a Commerce Ministry spokesman said negotiations on tariffs were impossible and that China is "fully prepared and will without hesitation counterattack with great strength."
The Trump administration unveiled earlier this week a list of $50 billion worth of Chinese products that could be hit with stiff tariffs. Beijing responded in kind almost immediately, announcing plans to impose duties on $50 billion in American products.
The tit-for-tat sparked concern among businesses and investors, and caused global financial markets to tumble, as fears of a trade war between the world's two largest economies deepened.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement on Thursday that Trump's proposal was an "appropriate response to China’s recent threat of new tariffs." He said that improper trade practices by China and the theft of intellectual property had harmed the U.S. economy.
"In the light of such evidence, the appropriate response from China should be to change its behavior, as China’s government has pledged to do many times," he said.
Trump's proposed tariffs would not go into effect immediately, and must go through a public comment period before they can be implemented.