Timeline: China-US trade dispute

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Editor's note: Since the start of the year, the United States has been wielding tariffs against China to alter what President Donald Trump calls "unfair trade practices." The moves have triggered tit-for-tat retaliations from China, and are expected to drag down global growth by 0.5 percent, according to the International Monetary Fund.


March 22

U.S. President Donald Trump signed a memorandum that could

impose tariffs on up to US$60 billion of imports from China, the

latest unilateral move that poses a threat to global trade.   

Three reasons Trump's China

 tariffs are a bad idea

April 1

China decided to impose a tariff of 15 percent on 120 items of 

products imported from the United States, and a tariff of 25

percent on eight items from the country.  

Streamlined gov't prepared to

 act on trade threats

April 3

The Office of U.S. Trade Representative published a proposed 

list of Chinese goods subject to additional 25 percent tariffs.

The list covers approximately 1,300 products imported from China.

Neocons and trade war

April 4

China unveiled a list of products worth US$50 billion imported 

from the United States that will be subject to higher tariffs, 

including soy bean, automobiles and chemical products.

China will not be bullied 

with the threat of a trade 


April 5

U.S. President Donald Trump said he has asked the U.S. Trade 

Representative to consider slapping US$100 billion of additional

tariffs on China.

April 6

China will fight "at any cost" and take "comprehensive 

countermeasures" if the United States continues its unilateral,

protectionist practices, the Ministry of Commerce said.

April 16

U.S. Department of Commerce  suspended an export control 

settlement deal with Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE 


April 17

China announced that it will impose provisional anti-dumping 

measures on grain sorghum imported from the United States. 

May 19

China and the United States issued a joint statement  on economic 

and trade consultations, vowing not to launch a trade war against 

each other. 

A trade war will cut US living 


May 4

China and the United States reached agreements on some

issues in their economic and trade consultations in 

Beijing, and agreed to set up a work mechanism to keep

close communication.   

Can a trade war be 


June 2-4

A U.S. delegation visited China from June 2-4 to continue 

consultations with the Chinese side on economic and trade issues. 

US law professor: China-US 

trade tension a symptom, not a 


May 17

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He arrived in Washington on May 17

for economic and trade consultations with the U.S. side. 

US tariffs add burden to its 

taxpayers: former Fed leader

June 15

The United States announced additional tariffs of 25 percent on 

Chinese imports worth approximately US$50 billion. 

Who can and will put the 

brakes on US trade war


June 16

China decided to impose additional duties of 25 percent on 659

items of U.S. products worth about US$50 billion.

China needs confidence 

and resolve in face of trade


July 6

The United States confirmed that a 25-percent additional tariff

on Chinese products worth US$34 billion would become effective

on July 6, targeting Chinese products from sectors like aerospace,

IT and auto parts. 

Negotiate, not bypass WTO: 


July 5

China's additional tariffs on some import products from the

United States will be implemented immediately after the 

new U.S. tariffs take effect, the country's customs authority


US expert criticizes trade war with China

July 10

The United States said it will impose 10 percent tariffs on an 

additional US$200 billion in Chinese imports.  

Trump lights the wick of 

trade war with China

Former US ambassador to China: 

Wrong to use tariffs to force other 


July 11

China expressed solemn protest against the United States' 

announcement of a list of tariffs on US$200 billion of Chinese


Kudos to China's leading role

 in WTO

What do foreigners in China

 think of the trade tensions?

Aug. 1

Trump called for raising the proposed tariff on US$200 billion of 

Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent. 

Nobel laureate warns US of 

danger caused by 'trade 


Aug. 3

China announced its decision to impose additional tariffs of four

different rates on 5,207 items of imported U.S. products worth 

US$60 billion.

Data shows China's strong 

support for the WTO

Aug. 7

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced that the

country will begin collecting extra tariffs on another US$16 billion

in Chinese goods on Aug. 23.  

Investor Jim Rogers: Stop the

 trade war

Rule breaker

Aug. 23

The United States began to collect extra tariffs on another

US$16 billion in Chinese goods.

Aug. 8

China decided to impose additional duties of 25 percent on the

16-billion-dollar of U.S. products after making proper adjustments

to the second part of a list of the products subject to the tariffs. 

The Port of Los Angeles: 

Negotiated settlement better 

than tariffs

Aug 22 to 23

China and the U.S. had constructive and frank talks on bilateral

economic and trade issues. Both sides will continue to maintain


Aug. 23

China filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization 

against U.S. tariffs on US$16 billion worth of Chinese goods 

under the Section 301 investigation. 

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