Trump Pulls Trigger: U.S.T.R Announces 25% Tariff on $16 Billion Chinese Imports (Full List)…

Today U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced the second tranche of tariffs on Chinese imports (full list pdf below).

The 25% tariff mostly includes chemical compounds and material parts used in the manufacture of finished goods.

Washington, DC – The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released a list of approximately $16 billion worth of imports from China that will be subject to a 25 percent additional tariff as part of the U.S. response to China’s unfair trade practices related to the forced transfer of American technology and intellectual property.  This second tranche of additional tariffs under Section 301 follows the first tranche of tariffs on approximately $34 billion of imports from China, which went into effect on July 6.

The listcontains 279 of the original 284 tariff lines that were on a proposed list announced on June 15.  Changes to the proposed list were made after USTR and the interagency Section 301 Committee sought and received written comments and testimony during a two-day public hearing last month.

[…]  Specifically, the Section 301 investigation revealed:

  • China uses joint venture requirements, foreign investment restrictions, and administrative review and licensing processes to require or pressure technology transfer from U.S. companies.
  • China deprives U.S. companies of the ability to set market-based terms in licensing and other technology-related negotiations.
  • China directs and unfairly facilitates the systematic investment in, and acquisition of, U.S. companies and assets to generate large-scale technology transfer.
  • China conducts and supports cyber intrusions into U.S. commercial computer networks to gain unauthorized access to commercially valuable business information.

A formal notice of the $16 billion tariff action will be published shortly in the Federal Register.  (more)

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96 Responses to Trump Pulls Trigger: U.S.T.R Announces 25% Tariff on $16 Billion Chinese Imports (Full List)…

  1. Marker: Dead serious.
    25% Tariffs from here on.
    More when needed.

    Liked by 28 people

    • OOooo Lalaa! This is President Trump showing his “I mean business” face. Especially if China thinks they are going to ask America for some 15 Million TONS of soybeans.

      POTUS is tightening the screws. When will China go through the 6 stages of grief and come to their senses. Hope it doesn’t take starving their own people.

      Liked by 8 people

      • Cuppa Covfefe says:

        Wouldn’t be the first time, if it did…


        • Carrie2 says:

          Cuppa, however the Chinese leaders will never again do the nasty on starvation as the “peasants” will be in an uproar and that means they will fight hard and long and take back a lot. Learned this from a Chinese teacher that the uppers are afraid of upsetting the people knowing they would love as millions vs. a few. They can spout what they will, but will have to rethink how to work with our President because today’s Chinese people love the good life, food, clothing, traveling, cars, etc., etc. They will NOT allow poverty ever again and the leaders can spout but in the end will have to capitulate a wee bit.

          Liked by 1 person

      • trapper says:

        “When will China go through the 6 stages of grief and come to their senses.”

        They will not. They will ride their flawed system right over the cliff. This is about something much larger than trade and tariffs and soybeans and car parts. The 19th Century three-legged stool of Freud, Marx, and Darwin that the dominant 20th century world view rested upon is almost gone. Back to a time before them. Back to the future.

        Liked by 5 people

        • Sneaky Pete says:

          ” The 19th Century three-legged stool of Freud, Marx, and Darwin that the dominant 20th century world view rested upon is almost gone. Back to a time before them. Back to the future.”

          Good insight. Can you flesh out a bit more what you see that we’re heading back towards?

          Liked by 1 person

          • trapper says:

            If you want a good idea what we are leaving behind, listen to Rust Cohle’s rant in the car with Marty in True Detective 1. He expresses the 20th Century bullshit pretty well. Sentient meat. As for what we are going back to, where do we start? The world does not divide into oppressors and oppressed. Man is not perfectible. Human nature is not changeable. We are all flawed. We can not bring about heaven on earth (utopia), only God can, and we do not know when He will return. There is no id. Humans did not evolve from apes; the timeline doesn’t work; and most of what we have been taught about evolution is a fairy tale created to replace Biblical metaphors. And globalism abandoned for Westphalian nationalism, perfectly illustrated by Saudi Arabia telling Canada to but out of SA internal affairs.

            It’s kind of like taking a wrong turn. You backtrack, retracing your steps until you see where you should have gone, but you don’t need to go all the way back to the place of the error. You take what you learned and use it, but correct your course and get off the direction you were headed.

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        • RoostyScoot says:

          China has one ace in the hole that no one can do anything about. If Chinese Society unravels, imagine if you will a world in which 1% of 1 Billion People flee the country as refugees. And that’s an optimistic scenario. What country can handle 10 million people showing up, starving? And Chinese people are not culturally prone to revolution, their base state is Tyranny. If there is a famine, they will surely as you say, ride their flawed system over the cliff.

          There’s the Panda, there’s the Dragon, and then there’s the unspoken menace if society falls apart and tens of millions of people stream across their borders.

          Curious to see how this tightrope is walked.


    • Some Old Guy says:

      Given the potential for currency manipulation, I wonder if the Tariffs imposed could periodically adjust to account for the possibility of a falling Yuan.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Running Fast says:

      You have now been banned for “hate speech” /s

      Liked by 6 people

    • Jedi9 says:

      I am loving every minute of it too! All the monkeys have been talking up the yuan and how oil with Iran and the latest sanctions is going to benefit it! I love when these idiots are proven wrong! It’s the best part of the day I enjoy most during trading hours! Can’t wait to walk into the office this morning here in HK, it’s 7:09 AM as I type this! This is just the beginning of a much larger purge of Chinese corruption!

      Liked by 12 people

      • SwampRatTerrier says:

        Seeing President Trump’s intention and resolve clearly, you must be making a killing on the Asian downside!

        Liked by 1 person

        • Jedi9 says:

          In a covert way, yes, but its not like I am going round advertising it either. Many here love talking down Trump, only to be proven wrong again and again, then it gets somber if you know what I mean. Mostly are ex-pats millennial’s from California who make up the Trump hating base here in HK. Nevertheless the markets here are shifting into a different gear. Sell, Sell, sell! Oh and BTW, Japan just replaced (or shall we say has surpassed the Shanghai index for volume of trades and market capital as Chinese stocks continue to slide. Its a beautiful thing to witness!

          Liked by 1 person

      • Carrie2 says:

        Jedi9, and I am still angry with the mainland China taking on HK and treating it like dirt. HK has always been very business minded and making money and living well, so if the few communists left think they can win, they better stop and think again. You might say via the English, many Chinese learned to be more independent and fight back. Many well educated and not just from political or wealthy families and no way will they put up very long with the supposed leaders do the dirty again on China. Mao is gone, the leaders know it, but speak as if they control the scene. NOT ANY MORE!

        Liked by 1 person

        • Jedi9 says:

          I agree! I have a lot of friends who are Hong “Kononians” and they resent mainland Chinese nationals! They flooded into Hong Kong driving up the price of everything here, especially the price of real estate. It has been going through the roof, and Hong Kong for the most part has become the most expensive place in the world to live as a result. It is so over crowded here, just walking down the street is stressful. I hate that, and never get used to it. The other thing that is disturbing is the English language being lost on newer generations here too. Hong Kononians are very cool people, they are for the most part pro democracy (much like Taiwan) and hate what has been happening in the local political scene here with mainland China calling the shots. In essence they ruined this place, and it appears they are doing it in other places too, like Australia and Canada too.

          Liked by 3 people

      • piper567 says:

        Jedi…please keep us posted!

        Liked by 1 person

    • Are the P2P defaults because the Person who got the loan is not paying?
      Who qualified all these loans. Do they have credit reports. Was there any collateral?

      When the lending Co.s started failing back in 2013 and continued this downward trajectory, why would people put their money at risk in these P2P “lending” Co.s?
      Was the ROR that high? This is just crazy business to me. And now they want the Chines Government to do what?


    • bessie2003 says:

      Is there a possibility that the Chinese authorities will begin rounding up ‘westerners’ under a pretext of foreigners influencing innocent Chinese citizens to hold protests; a ‘foreign’ idea invading a natural Chinese way of life of compliance to governing authorities?


    • jeans2nd says:

      A2, this is going to mean a whole lot more work for you to keep us informed on what is ongoing inside China. Our press is so Fake one never knows what to believe.

      Hope you are up for it, and many thanks in advance.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. The Boss says:

    USTR Lighthizer just gets stuff done. He’s like President Trump. All action, some talk.

    Liked by 13 people

    • The Demon Slick says:

      China spent all their money preparing for a shooting war. President Trump is choking them out from across the oceans, no need to fire a shot. I think they knew they had this vulnerability but never expected anything like President Trump. Thanks God! For sending us President Trump, Your flawed vessel with mad skills.

      Liked by 13 people

    • usayes says:

      It ain’t easy compiling the product list – admire how quickly USTR Lighthizer worked to get this done and published. The HTS (Harmonized Tariff Schedule) contains tens of thousands of products. MAGA at its finest.


  3. Dan Patterson says:

    Talk is cheap – I’m looking at YOU obaamaa, Kerry, et al – and actions are required for results.
    Very interested to see if this dynamic sets up a parallel to 1930s Japan or if China cooperates and joins free and FAIR trade among civilized nations.

    Liked by 1 person

    • “Very interested to see if this dynamic sets up a parallel to 1930s Japan or if China cooperates and joins free and FAIR trade among civilized nations.”

      For the CCP to ‘cooperate’ would require a Xi walkback at the infancy of his lifetime appointment. China is not like us. We grumble through recessions and low-growth GDP quarters. The CCP can’t move backwards or even stand still. They need to produce. The ramp-up in rhetoric reflects the political disquiet over there. I don’t think free and fair trade is a political option for the CCP. This could all very easily slip from a trade war into a war-war. Decades of our treasonous elite encouraging (getting paid for) bad Chinese behavior has created a time bomb.

      Liked by 7 people

      • Dan Patterson says:

        I believe you are right.


      • CirclinTheDrain says:

        Oh please, let’s stop this fantasy of an actual shooting war between China and the US. One strike, and they’re done, and the world is done…or do you think they’re going to land 100,000 men on our shores to shoot their way to DC ? And where do they get raw materials to continue their war ?



        • G. Combs says:

          It would be nuclear EMP…

          Wiping out the electrical grid (plus sensitive electronics) will KILL 90% of the US Population according to this report. Yet this is EXACTLY what the Obama/H. Clinton government was planning to do only they are going to do it in slow motion over the next 30 years or so by reducing CO2 output to 17% (83% reduction)


          MAY 8, 2014 [43 pages]

          pg 12
          Dr. Peter Vincent Pry is the executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, a Congressional advisory board dedicated to achieving protection of the United States from electromagnetic pulse and other threats. Dr. Pry is also the director of the United States Nuclear Strategy Forum, an advisory body to Congress on policies to counter weapons of mass destruction….


          Natural EMP from a geomagnetic super-storm like the 1859 Carrington Event or the 1921 Railroad Storm, a nuclear EMP attack from terrorists or rogue states as practiced by North Korea during the nuclear crisis of 2013 are both existential threats that could kill 9 of 10 Americans through starvation, disease, and societal collapse.

          A natural EMP catastrophe or nuclear EMP attack could black out the National electric grid for months or years and collapse all the other critical infrastructures, communications, transportation, banking and finance, food and water, necessary to sustain modern society and the lives of 310 million Americans. Passage of the SHIELD Act to protect the National electric grid is urgently necessary. In 2010, after the House unanimously passed the GRID Act, if one Senator had not put a hold on the bill, today in 2014 the Nation would already be protected …..

          The single most important thing Congress could do to protect the American people from EMP and from all the other threats to critical infrastructures is pass the Critical Infrastructure Protect Act, which bill is soon or will be before this committee for consideration. Thousands of emergency planners and first responders at the Federal, State, and local level want to protect our Nation and their States and communities from the EMP threat, but they are seriously hindered and even prohibited from doing so because the EMP threat is not among the 15 canonical National planning scenarios utilized by the Department of Homeland Security.

          Passage of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act would immediately mobilize thousands of emergency planners and first responders at all levels of government and educate millions of others about the EMP threat and how to prepare for it. Passage of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act would immediately help States that are frustrated with the lack of action on EMP in Washington and are trying to launch initiatives protecting their electrical grids from EMP, as is being attempted now in Maine, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Florida. Passage of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act would educate all States about the EMP threat and help them protect their critical infrastructures. For example, projects in New York and Massachusetts to harden their State grids against severe weather caused by climate change should include protection against an EMP event, which is the worst threat to the grid. If the grid is protected against EMP, it will mitigate all lesser threats, including cyber attack, sabotage, and severe weather.

          Given the amounts of money being spent in New York and Massachusetts on grid hardening against severe weather, significant EMP protection can probably be accomplished now within their current budgets, but the cost of EMP protection will increase significantly if they delay and attempt remediation later.

          EMP is a clear and present danger. A Carrington-class coronal mass ejection narrowly missed the earth in July 2012. Last April, during the nuclear crisis with North Korea over Kim Jong-Un’s threatened nuclear strikes against the United States, Pyongyang apparently practiced an EMP attack with its KSM–3 satellite that passed over the U.S. heartland and over the Washington, D.C.-New York City corridor. Iran, estimated to be within 2 months of nuclear weapons by the administration, has a demonstrated capability to launch an EMP attack from a vessel at sea. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Navy commenced patrols off the East Coast of the United States in February.

          Thank you for your attention to EMP, which is the least understood but gravest threat to our society.

          MORE: Vuncent Pry Warns Trump

          ‘a severe geomagnetic storm which struck Earth on March 13, 1989. It occurred during solar cycle 22 and caused the collapse of Hydro-Québec’s electricity transmission system.’


  4. Running Fast says:

    And China controlled MSM responds with new random accusations in 3,2,1…

    Liked by 4 people

  5. chojun says:

    Literally on the same day that the knives come out for Wilbur Ross.

    I don’t believe in coincidences, do you?

    Liked by 9 people

  6. C. L Roemke says:

    So now the panda has no worries about soy bean imports! How will decline of exports affect requirements for soy bean imports?
    China is playing a dangerous game with their own economy.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. FL_GUY says:

    The dragon thought it had grabbed another pu$$y but instead got hold of the alpha LION. Not going to end well for the dragon unless it makes a fair deal and fast.

    Liked by 3 people

  8. progpoker says:

    Found this little tidbit interesting…

    Liked by 12 people

  9. Wayne Robinson says:

    Poor China no longer able to rob Americans while saying just cooperate . Fuck China / dumb shit better buy up the soy beans cause if not no good reason for American farmers to grow so many they can grow any other market crops . Chins better mind their mannersand just cooperate with incle Sam orhe will get bent over puckle barrel . If our farmers do not plant Chinas soybeans let them planttheir own if South America has any reversals then China is just out of luck . Let them eat bamboo

    Liked by 4 people

    • prenanny says:

      There were a lot more farmers in the United States before it was decided that they should feed the world instead of the good ole USA.

      Liked by 8 people

      • Daniel M. Camac says:

        Three thumbs up and a salute! VSGPDJT knows this and is acting accordingly.

        Liked by 1 person

      • gohawks2015 says:

        Indeed. Astute observation. And guess who the agricorps are beholden to? Mmmhm. Oh snap.


      • G. Combs says:

        “There were a lot more farmers in the United States….”

        ” The Socialist Revolution in the US cannot take place because there are too many small independent farmers there. Those people are the stability factor. We here in Russia must hurry while our government is stupid enough to not encourage and support the independent farmership.” ~ V. Lenin, the founder of the Russian revolution

        1921 “Food is a weapon” ~ Maxim Litvinov, Soviet Commissar of Foreign Affairs

        1932 to 1937 “The Collective Farm Policy was a terrible struggle, Ten million died. It was fearful.” ~ Joseph Stalin

        1934, “[Our] future is becoming visible in Russia.” ~ Assistant Secretary of Agriculture Rexford Tugwell

        September 1995 “Food is power. We use it to change behavior. Some may call that bribery. We do not apologize.” ~ Catherine Bertini, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program, and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Agriculture. Stated at the UN’s 4th World Conference on Women: Beijing, China.

        History, HACCP and the Food Safety Con Job

        […] With World War II, America saw its agricultural system intentionally subjected to political policies that radically transformed it. What was once a decentralized system that provided a means to self sufficiency and independence for tens of millions of farmers was purposefully centralized into a capital-intensive fossil-fuel dependent system that restructured local economies, permitting their wealth to be extracted by what are now transnational cartels dedicated to the so-called free market and globalized trade at all costs.

        This transformation was the result of organized plans developed by a group of highly powerful ‘though unelected’ financial and industrial executives who wanted to drastically change agricultural practices in the US to better serve their collective corporate financial agenda. This group, called the Committee for Economic Development, was officially established in 1942 as a sister organization to the Council on Foreign Relations. CED has influenced US domestic policies in much the same way that the CFR has influenced the nation’s foreign policies.[1]

        Composed of chief executive officers and chairmen from the federal reserve, the banking industry, private equity firms, insurance companies, railroads, information technology firms, publishing companies, pharmaceutical companies, the oil and automotive industries, meat packing companies, retailers and assisted by university economists ‘representatives from every sector of the economy with the key exception of farmers themselves’ CED determined that the problem with American agriculture was that there were too many farmers. But the CED had a ‘solution’: millions of farmers would just have to be eliminated….

        The CED is still around and still targeting farmers. Here in NC they are convincing towns and counties that farms should be TAXED AS HOUSE LOTS! This happened to a friend in Taxachusetts. She had to sell because she could not pay the new tax bill. Her farm is now high priced housing.


  10. truthbomb says:

    Looks like the Chinese-paid American shills are going after Wilbur now. What a laugh!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. G. Willikers says:

    And Beijing retaliates with it’s own tariffs in 三 … 二 …一…


    • UncleGrumpy says:

      Chinese tariffs on American goods don’t do much, the chinese government is the purchaser of most imports.
      Taxing themselves is of no consequence.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. A2 says:

    Emperor Xi seems to be in for a world of hurt (and not just for the tariffs).

    Looks like the “Emperor for life” shtick is backfiring.

    P2P protests over fraud in the financial sector (source liked above)

    Immolation and then a bomb set off near the US embassy (where witnesses were hauled away just like the P2P protesters)

    Vaccine scandal (another crowd pleaser/)

    Major incarceration of Uighurs where whole towns have been sent to ‘camps’.

    And so on and so forth.

    My favourite is the banning of the new movie on Winnie the Pooh, as well as any references to the little yellow bear because netizens began comparing the bear to Emperor Xi.

    So my No. 1 trolling award goes to Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for this tweet:

    外交部 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan) 🇹🇼
    Taiwan’s #OhBear is dismayed at the ban slapped on his cousin Winnie’s latest film by censors in #China. Make no mistake: All bears are created equal in #Taiwan & @DisneyCRobin is screening nationwide.

    Liked by 6 people

    • I’m down with that Jamestown analysis almost to the letter, A2. Thank you so much for posting it. In fact I said this the other day sorta verbatim:

      “Has Xi discarded Deng’s circumspection (‘never take the lead’) and ‘gone full Mao’ on the US prematurely? It may be so.”

      Mao gets all the (red) ink. But Deng was the true genius managing the transition phase. Xi’s effing it all up. I tell you what, he’s no Deng.

      But as POTUS has said repeatedly he doesn’t blame China for exploiting OUR elite’s existential levels of corruption and sedition. But you see what’s happened? Xi evolved an ingrained expectation that emboldened him to overreach. Trump is unceremoniously slamming the door on that expectation. So Xi’s out on a political limb with no clear idea on how to inch himself back. Moreover this is his first big test since his lifetime appointment. If Trump devises a win-win way to help walk Xi back without provoking WW3 all the while successfully normalizing trade flows, he will be the greatest President of all time, hands down. Who could touch him?

      Liked by 2 people

    • piper567 says:

      A2, nice contribution.
      thanks. a bunch.


  13. Publius2016 says:

    does anyone notice Fake News Media mentioning the “review and comment”period of the investigation? it President announced Tariffs! never any review of why???


  14. paulraven1 says:

    The tech giants are a much greater and more immediate threat to our liberties than China. How about some action on them?

    Liked by 1 person

  15. 335blues says:

    Like all centrally planned communist economies,
    china has a five year plan that is updated every year.
    In 2016, and for several years before, their plan
    had IN INK that hillary clinton would win the Presidency.
    The actions of the communist chinese government before
    2016, and since 2016, are based on that prediction.
    Because there is NO PLAN B, they keep marching along
    as if they were right. Unfortunately, they were wrong.
    It sounds crazy, but XI seems to believe the American
    people will turn on President Trump and support the
    communist government of china.
    Talk about delusions. The world that the chinese communist
    party, and XI, are living in is pure fantasy.
    It also, however, makes me worry that they also believe
    if they challenge America in a war that they will win.
    I hope they are not that delusional.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Daniel M. Camac says:

      335, They must be watching too much CNN, ABC,CBS, et al. That will definitely lead to delusion. Or maybe they still smoke opium off hours..that will do it as well.


    • mr.piddles says:

      “hillary clinton would win the Presidency”

      Yes, the whole world was disappointed that day. And they’ve been living the nightmare ever since.

      Let’s recap:
      * Hillary Rodham Clinton lost a presidential election to a misogynist, racist modern-day Adolf Hitler
      * Literally 98% or more of the entire human population of Earth is to varying degrees disappointed with and/or angry at her

      2016 was most definitely not a good year for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

      Liked by 1 person

  16. IMO says:

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Discusses U.S. -vs- China Confrontation Phase II… | The Last Refuge

    Wilbur Ross on using tariffs in an effort to end China’s bad practices

    Bring the pain


  17. mr.piddles says:

    As long as I can still get my Powdered Tiger Penis at a reasonable price, I’m good.

    Liked by 2 people

  18. joan and bill says:

    tariffs make USA independent from other countries and tariffs make jobs in USA for our citizens and eventually without a deficit we can pay off the democrats debts to make America great again


  19. Dutchman says:

    But,but, but,..Trump has a WONDERFUL, close, personal relationship with Xi, and nothing but the utmost respect for him, and the Chinese people!

    I got your Land face, biotch!


  20. Dutchman says:

    That’s Panda face, stupid phone


  21. redline says:

    From the PDF –

    “7308.10.00 Iron or steel, bridges and bridge sections”

    So theoretically, at some point, someone was ready to buy a bridge from the Chinese…

    Liked by 1 person

  22. “Changes to the proposed list were made after USTR and the interagency Section 301 Committee sought and received written comments and testimony during a two-day public hearing last month.”

    I’d love to be a fly on the wall as VSGPDJT discusses proposed tariffs with his advisers with all the factors they have to take into consideration. A breakdown of this would be interesting.

    Tariffs are imposed to strategically target China’s economy and modify their behavior; but at the same time the feedback from the public &/or domestic business give Trump’s team an idea of what domestic production can produce (as the economy ramps up) on its own or find alternative sourcing for.

    If Trump picks the wrong tariffs then his team may have to spend a lot of time writing exemptions/waivers for domestic business, creating backlogs and diluting the effectiveness of the tariff. I believe Wilburine discussed the necessity of more manpower to speed up the process of analyzing these waivers when he was testifying before congress.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Now the leftists are going after Wilbur! I’m sure he can handle that very well! The know trump and his adm and we the people are winning!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  24. Fools Gold says:

    Based on the tariff list Chinese made plastic parts manufacturing just took a hell of a kick in the gonads…Folks shouldn’t underestimate how hard of a kick it was! Definitely a MAGA kick.


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