China announced the imposition of trade tariffs on a set of 128 US products, in response to tariffs that Washington announced last month on Chinese steel and aluminum imports.

A set of 120 products, including fruit and other related goods, will have a tariff of 15%, while pork and related products will have a tariff of 25%, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

The measure, which comes into force this Monday, is a response to US tariffs on 25% steel imports and 15% on aluminum imports from China.

In a separate statement, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce also urged the United States to back down on its measures against Chinese steel and aluminum, which according to Beijing violate the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and return bilateral exchanges to the path of normality.

China had already announced on March 23 that they would impose these tariffs if the US went ahead with its plans to tax steel and aluminum imports from the Asian giant.

Even so, Beijing always insisted that they wanted to avoid a trade war and warned the White House not to open “a Pandora’s box”.

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