The Wall Street Journal: China says it’s ‘strongly opposed’ to Trump’s tariffs

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BEIJING — China lashed out against the U.S. on Friday after the Trump administration launched global tariffs on steel and aluminum and signaled it would step up pressure on Chinese trade practices.

China’s Commerce Ministry said in a statement it “strongly opposed” the move. In a statement, it urged the U.S. to withdraw the tariffs out of respect for the international trading order. It said it would evaluate the impact of the tariffs on China and “take effective measures to protect China’s rights.”

The China Iron and Steel Association called on the government to take measures against U.S. imports, including stainless-steel and electronic products, in response to the U.S. tariffs. The China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association, which represents aluminum makers, called for Chinese measures against U.S. imports such as farm products and high-end consumer products.

Both associations also urged for measures against imports of U.S. coal. Chinese coal imports in recent years has been a boon for U.S. producers. The impact of the proposed U.S. tariffs on Chinese steelmakers is ultimately expected to be small. While China produces half of the world’s steel, most of it never leaves China.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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