U.S. officials accuse China of building that country's emerging industrial dominance by stealing the "crown jewels" of American technological know-how through cyber-theft, forced transfers of intellectual property, state-sponsored corporate acquisitions and other underhand practices.
At the same time, China is trying to present a friendly face to foreign businesses, including American players.
It turns up the heat in an increasingly bitter trade war between the USA and its biggest trading partner.
The big question is how far the hostilities between Washington and Beijing will go. Friday's tariffs could just be the opening skirmishes in the trade war, as U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to hit $450 billion in Chinese goods, the vast majority of imports. It said they would damage the global economy unless other countries stop them.
'There should be no doubting Beijing's resolve, ' the newspaper said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and US President Donald Trump in Florida a year ago.
He described the potential escalation to reporters aboard Air Force One: "Thirty-four, and then you have another 16 in two weeks and then, as you know, we have 200 billion in abeyance and then after the 200 billion we have 300 billion in abeyance. OK?" "So we have 50 plus 200 plus nearly 300".
United States customs officials will now begin collecting an additional 25% tariff on imported Chinese goods such as farming plows, semiconductors and airplane parts. Some economists question the accuracy of the official figures, yet the US Census Bureau shows America bought $376bn more of Chinese goods than the total value of all US goods sold in the Asian country previous year.
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But the trade gap between the United States and China widened sharply, Commerce Department said. Prices are about to go up on numerous import items, which will make clear that tariffs are actually - ta da! - taxes on domestic consumers rather than on foreign exporters.