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China hits back against latest US tariffs

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The trade war between the US and China has escalated further as neither side seems to back down.

Beijing on Wednesday announced that it will slap additional 25 percent tariffs on $16 billion worth of US products in retaliation to Washington's latest round of duties.

The 25 percent tariffs will come into effect on August 23 and target medical equipment, fuels, fish meal, wood waste, paper and paper waste, metal scraps, cars and bicycles, according to the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council.

The move came after US President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced similar tariffs on China, affecting imports such as electronic parts, plastics, chemicals, batteries and railway cars.

In a statement, China's commerce ministry said that the US once again put domestic law above international law by imposing "very unreasonable" new tariffs on Chinese goods.

China will implement the tariff measures with the US simultaneously, it added.

Representatives for the White House, the US Trade Representative and the US Department of Commerce did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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