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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One while departing the White House in Washington D.C. U.S. on Friday

White House slaps 25% tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods

The change would come as President Donald Trump's administration attempts to crack down on what it says is theft of us intellectual property by China.

"Discussions with China will continue on these topics and the USA looks forward to resolving long-standing structural issues and expanding our exports by eliminating China " s severe import restrictions", the statement said. Officials in the Trump administration have sought to distance ZTE from the trade talks, but the president previously linked the two issues.

The White House's latest tariff action focuses on advanced technologies, including those such as robots and electric cars that China has said it wants to develop under its "Made in China 2025" program.

China commerce's ministry reacted harshly to the United States trade announcement, saying it was surprised and saw it as contrary to the consensus both sides reached recently.

In addition, by the end of June, the United States will announce investment restrictions and "enhanced export controls" for Chinese individuals and entities "related to the acquisition of industrially significant technology", it said.

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Trump has faced a backlash among lawmakers this month after announcing he would soften U.S. sanctions on the Chinese telecoms equipment maker ZTE, which neared collapse due to an April ban on purchasing crucial United States components.

Its tougher stance comes as President Donald Trump prepares for a June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whose key diplomatic backer is China, and as Washington steps up efforts to counter what it sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

"Discussions with China will continue on these topics, and the United States looks forward to resolving long-standing structural issues and expanding our exports by eliminating China's severe import restrictions", the White House said.

On Tuesday, Trump renewed his threat to place 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods, in retaliation for what his administration says are China's unfair trade practices.

"If Beijing was under the impression that Trump's $50 billion of tariffs were actually on hold, they may find this confusing", Chad Bown, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, said.

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William Zarit, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, said the USA threat of tariffs appeared to have been "somewhat effective". Last year, Ivanka Trump's business was granted preliminary approval for three trademarks the same day she had dinner with Xi at Mar-a-Lago.

Given ZTE's dependency on U.S. technology, his actions brought the Chinese company to the brink of bankruptcy, forcing Xi Jinping to plead for Trump's mercy.

The administration is nonetheless negotiating with China.

NBC reported, "As the Trump administration reached a deal Friday to reduce sanctions on the Chinese telecom giant ZTE, Congress has shown rare unity in working to prevent the president from giving in to the foreign-backed company in a way that would compromise national security". China said the claims were unproven and sometimes speculative.

A list of potential tariff targets has already been published by the United States Trade Representative and it largely includes intermediate goods used by companies to make other products as well as some consumer goods like televisions.

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