US proclaims larger China tariffs, together with 100% for EVs – DW – 05/14/2024 | EUROtoday

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The White House stated on Tuesday that it was rising tariffs for items from China price some $18 billion (roughly €16.5 billion), calling it a response to Beijing’s “unfair” commerce practices.

“China’s unfair trade practices concerning technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation are threatening American businesses and workers,” the White House stated. “China is also flooding global markets with artificially low-priced exports.”

What’s being subjected to extra tariffs?

Perhaps probably the most notable and sharpest enhance was for Chinese-built electrical autos.

The tariff will enhance from 25% to 100% for these, plus another additional prices, with the White House citing “extensive subsidies and non-market practices leading to substantial risks of overcapacity” as its rationale.

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Semiconductors, batteries and battery packs, some metal and aluminium merchandise, varied minerals and ores from manganese to cobalt, and radioactive substances have been among the many different objects set to face elevated import prices.

Medical gear like respirators and face masks and syringes and needles are additionally included, items that have been for probably the most half tariff-free till now.

Some of the restrictions can be carried out this yr, based on the US authorities, whereas others — corresponding to doubling semiconductor tariffs from 25% to 50% — can be phased in step by step by 2025.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen stated on Tuesday that she’d warned Chinese officers of the US considerations and mentioned the reasoning on her latest journey to the nation.

“These overcapacity concerns are widely shared by our partners across advanced economies and emerging markets, motivated not by anti-China policy but by a desire to prevent damaging economic dislocation from unfair economic practices,” Yellen stated.

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Many of the modifications concentrate on China’s rising energy within the renewable power, battery and electrical mobility sectors.

Replacement lithium-ion batteries and battery components for vehicles and different lithium-ion batteries will face tariffs, together with pure graphite and everlasting magnets for these batteries, photo voltaic panels, and a number of other minerals vital for an array of inexperienced applied sciences.

“Today’s actions to counter China’s unfair trade practices are carefully targeted at strategic sectors — the same sectors where the United States is making historic investments under President Biden to create and sustain good-paying jobs,” the White House stated.

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The assertion additionally criticized earlier President Donald Trump’s try to put limitations on commerce with China throughout his tenure, saying it “failed to increase American exports or boost American manufacturing as it had promised.”

China is certain to be among the many international coverage points to characteristic within the US presidential election marketing campaign within the coming months.

msh/rm (AFP, AP, Reuters)