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After China threatens new tariffs, Trump says the US would be 'better off' without it

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BEIJING -- U.S. President Donald Trump blasted China on Friday, saying that the United States doesn't need the country as a trading partner and telling U.S. companies to pack up their operations and bring them back to U.S. shores.

His comments came hours after China said it plans to impose tariffs on an additional $75 billion worth of U.S. goods imported into the country, the latest move in a tit-for-tat trade war with the U.S.

"We don't need China and, frankly, would be far better off without them," Trump said in one of a series of tweets. "The vast amounts of money made and stolen by China from the United States, year after year, for decades, will and must STOP."

Trump said American companies were "hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA."

The president's tweets promised a more formal response to China's tariffs on Friday afternoon.

The latest standoff comes as Trump prepares to leave Washington for the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, a meeting of the world's top democratic economies.

 

China's Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council said the tariffs will range between 5% and 10% and be implemented in two phases on Sept. 1 and Dec. 15.

In a separate announcement, China said it would impose tariffs of 25% and 5% on U.S. cars and parts on Dec. 15.

China had warned it would retaliate if the U.S. goes ahead and raises tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports.

The new U.S. tariffs were initially set to take effect Sept. 1, but Washington last week unexpectedly postponed the enactment of some duties until Dec. 1 to help prevent adverse effects on consumer shopping ahead of the Christmas holiday.

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