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Trump threatens higher tariffs in bid to corner China on trade

The US is considering whether to increase its proposed tariff on USD 200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25 percent from 10 percent, increasing pressure on Beijing to change its trade practices.

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The Trump administration said it is weighing whether to increase the proposed tariff on USD 200 billion of Chinese goods to 25 percent from 10 percent, stepping up pressure on Beijing to change its trade practices.

President Donald Trump has asked US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to consider hiking the duties, which could be implemented as early as next month.

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