President Trump Remarks On 25 Percent Chinese Tariff

My great friendship with President Xi of China and our country’s relationship with China are both very important to me.  Trade between our nations, however, has been very unfair, for a very long time.  This situation is no longer sustainable.  China has, for example, long been engaging in several unfair practices related to the acquisition of American intellectual property and technology.  These practices, documented in an extensive report published by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on March 22, 2018, harm our economic and national security and deepen our already massive trade imbalance with China.

In light of China’s theft of intellectual property and technology and its other unfair trade practices, the United States will implement a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods from China that contain industrially significant technologies.  This includes goods related to China’s Made in China 2025 strategic plan to dominate the emerging high-technology industries that will drive future economic growth for China, but hurt economic growth for the United States and many other countries.  The United States can no longer tolerate losing our technology and intellectual property through unfair economic practices.


These tariffs are essential to preventing further unfair transfers of American technology and intellectual property to China, which will protect American jobs.  In addition, they will serve as an initial step toward bringing balance to the trade relationship between the United States and China.

The United States will pursue additional tariffs if China engages in retaliatory measures, such as imposing new tariffs on United States goods, services, or agricultural products; raising non-tariff barriers; or taking punitive actions against American exporters or American companies operating in China.

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5 years ago

DJT. Do What You Have to DO. that’s all.

Jersey Prophet
Jersey Prophet
5 years ago

Xi Jinping hasn’t figured out yet that this ain’t your mother’s USA anymore! No longer will the US bend over for other countries’ interests. No longer will an obama or Bush hear China say “Jump” and ask “How high?” It’s America First now.

China continues to forge ahead, as if by ignoring President Trump’s threats to impose equalizing tariffs against a country which tariffs us to death, said threats will go away. Or…just threaten Trump: “If you don’t abandon your tariffs, we’ll impose the Mother of Tariffs on YOU!” China practices a similar one-upmanship with its hegemony, too. Just continue claiming it owns everything in the South China Sea, as if by repeating a lie, it will somehow become truth. This is a tactic China has seen succeed with dupes who formerly occupied 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. It won’t work anymore.
China is still an export based economy. The US not nearly so much. Who loses in a trade war? Guess who…the export based country! But China, just ignore reality and it will go away. NOT!

Craig Allbee
Craig Allbee
5 years ago

I’m with you President Trump.

Jan Turner
Jan Turner
5 years ago

Good for our president! He’s the best we’ve had in at least 30+ years.

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