Trump defended solar tariffs as necessary to protect USA producers, saying import prices were unfairly low due to subsidies and other inappropriate subsidies.
China on Tuesday launched the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement procedure over USA safeguard measures on imported photovoltaic products and subsidies for its renewable energy products, the Ministry of Commerce said.
-Asked whether they would stop buying USA products, 14 said they would, 31 said they wouldn't (some indicated their views could change if the trade war intensifies), and five didn't have a view.
On April 2, China hit back by adopting tariff hikes on 128 USA items, including pork, sparkling wine, nuts, and fresh and dried fruit products. U.S. officials say such action is necessary because the WTO lacks the capacity to deal with China's problematic trade methods.
WTO complaints begin with negotiations between parties to the dispute.
Turkey increases tariffs on some US imports, escalating feud
The Turkish leader had already said the US risks pushing a key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member to seek allies elsewhere. Turkey asked the United States to get a prisoner out of Israeli jail, which the USA did the next day, according to The Guardian .
The Trump administration is due to impose similar increases on an additional $16 billion of Chinese imports on Tuesday.
On June 21, India raised tariffs on USA goods including soya oil, palm olein oil and cashew nuts.
One Chinese executive, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that US solar tariffs were a "sideshow" and had little effect on Chinese business. Brussels said in late July that it was considering tariffs on 20 billion dollars of US goods should Trump proceed with the proposed auto duties.
US President Donald Trump approved in January recommendations to impose a safeguard tariff on solar imports of 30% that will be reduced to 25% in the second year, 20% in the third, and 15% in the fourth.
After the application of these first taxes, China responded with a package of tariff countermeasures of equal weight to products of the North American nation.