China raises tariffs on optical fiber materials

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On Friday, Beijing retaliated with mirror measures against USA imports hours after Washington introduced 25 percent trade tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Shipping containers are seen piled up at a port in Qingdao, Shandong province, China April 13, 2018.

Essentially, a trade war is a back-and-forth dispute wherein a country imposes tariffs on certain imports in order to restrict trade, reports CNN.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative explained that the goods to be levied with tariffs were chosen based on what would disrupt the USA economy the least and have the least impact on consumers. The American president told reporters that tariffs on an additional $16 billion in Chinese goods are set to take effect in two weeks.

China's General Customs Administration did not reply to a fax seeking comments.

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China has stepped up action against some USA goods by announcing anti-dumping duties on raw materials used in making optical fibers.

Beijing had said that China's punitive tariffs on USA products would immediately take effect after America imposed penalties on Chinese goods worth a similar amount.

Many others in the USA are already feeling the effects of the tariffs. Trump then promised tariffs on about 1,300 Chinese products.

It is unclear whether the soybean cargo, which did not arrive until after the penalties took effect, will pay the 25 percent higher tariff.

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