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China vows ‘firm and forceful’ counter-measures against US tariffs

China’s government has criticised the latest U.S. threat of a tariff hike as totally unacceptable (AP) Photo: AP/Press Association Images

The Chinese government has vowed to take “firm and forceful measures” against US threats to expand tariff hikes.

The Chinese foreign ministry’s comments follow the US trade representative’s announcement it is preparing to impose 10% tariffs on a wider range of goods from fish sticks to French doors in the escalating trade dispute.

When asked what Beijing would do, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying gave no details but said: “We will take firm and forceful measures.”

China has vowed to retaliate in its escalating trade war with the US Credit: AP

The Chinese government has earlier said the latest threat was “totally unacceptable”.

The commerce ministry said: “It is totally unacceptable for American side to publish a tariff list in a way that is accelerating and escalating.”

It added: “The Chinese government will be forced to impose necessary countermeasures to protect its core interests.”