China slams 'reckless' USA trade threats

The list of imports subject to the duties will be announced by June 15, the White House said, and the tariffs will be imposed "shortly thereafter".

Previous rounds of tariff cuts since November covered avocados, mineral water, baby carriages, and other high-value but low-volume imports.

"I wouldn't say we are in favor of, specifically, export controls, investment restrictions", Zarit said.

Trump's accusations that Chinese trade practices were killing American jobs had been a staple of his campaign, and his reversal has left heads spinning in Washington.

"For many years, China has pursued industrial policies and unfair trade practices-including dumping, discriminator non-tariff barriers, forced technology transfer, over capacity, and industrial subsidies-that champion Chinese firms and make it impossible for many United States firms to compete on a level playing field", said the White House.

The announcement disrupted what appeared to be a detente in the emerging trade war between China and the United States after positive talks on narrowing the deficit, Trump's key aim in negotiations with his counterpart Xi Jinping, just days beforehand.

A team of US negotiators arrived in China on Wednesday for preliminary trade talks in advance of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross scheduled trip to Beijing this weekend.

China will reduce tariffs on a wide range of consumer goods from July 1, the State Council said in a statement.

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Trump has long said that China has taken advantage of the United States with unfair trade practices, including industrial subsidies and prohibitive trade barriers. The Trump administration had sought to slash the deficit by $200 billion.

The White House announcement came on the heels of stiff criticism from lawmakers of the White House 's negotiating tactics and willingness to soften tough penalties in some cases with no benefit to the US.

The list of restrictions will be announced by June 30, the White House said.

The White House also pledged to continue a WTO case it started in March on accusations that China's intellectual property practices violate worldwide trade law.

The White House initially proposed $150 billion in tariffs. The list steered clear of many everyday items like cellphones and clothing but included cars, some home appliances and an assortment of electronics.

Meanwhile, China has warned of equal retaliation, including duties on some of its most significant USA imports, like aircraft, soybeans and vehicles.

"We urge the United States to keep its promise, and meet China halfway in the spirit of the joint statement", spokeswoman Hua Chunying was quoted as saying at a regular news briefing.

In the same statement on Tuesday, the White House said that the US will "continue to pursue litigation at the World Trade Organization" over allegations that China steals USA intellectual property.

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