White House advisor: US may raise tariffs if deal with China doesn't work out
The world's two largest economies have been locked in a bruising trade war since Trump imposed tariff hikes of up to 25 per cent on $250 billion of Chinese goods in March last year
Beijing: The US is likely to ramp up pressure on China by raising existing tariffs if a trade deal is not reached soon between the two countries, a key White House adviser has said. The world's two largest economies have been locked in a bruising trade war since Trump in March last year imposed tariff hikes of up to 25 per cent on $250 billion of Chinese goods.
In response, China imposed tit-for-tat tariffs on $110 billion of American goods. Michael Pillsbury, adviser to the White House on China policy, said that Trump would likely escalate the trade war by raising existing tariffs, if no deal is reached. In an interview in Hong Kong on Thursday, Pillsbury said Trump had been "remarkably restrained in the pressure he has brought to bear on China in the trade field".
Both sides so far have held 12 rounds of talks but failed to work out a deal as China continued to resist Trump's demand for intrusive verification mechanism to supervise Beijing's promise to protect intellectual property rights technology transfer and more access to American goods to Chinese markets.
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