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    In this Sept. 16, 2018, photo, American flags are displayed together with Chinese flags on top of a trishaw in Beijing. The American Chamber of Commerce in China says Beijing will dig its heels in after U.S. tariff hikes and appealed for a negotiated end to their trade battle

    Beijing Protests Trump's Move to Increase Tariffs on Chinese Goods as Trade War Escalates

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    On Friday evening, US President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that tariffs on Chinese goods would be stiffened even more.

    China has protested the US decision to impose tariffs amounting to some 550 billion dollars, according to the statement published by the Chinese Commerce Ministry.

    "On August 24, the United States announced its plans to increase tariffs on $550 billion in Chinese imports. China is lodging a strong protest with regard to the decision," the statement read.

    The day before, China announced 10 percent and 5 percent tariffs on $75 billion worth of imported US goods, including soybeans, wheat, corn, beef, pork and crude oil.

    Following China's decision, Donald Trump said that the US would increase tariffs against China even more and ordered American companies to find markets other than China.

    The same day, the Dow Jones plunged by 500 points amid the decision by Beijing and further Trumps' reaction.

    The decision was made as Trump bragged earlier in the week that he was "the chosen one" to punish China for years of "trade cheating".

    Washington and Beijing have been engaged in a trade conflict for over a year after Trump announced tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports justifying the move by the need to balance the trade deficit. Since then, the two countries have introduced several rounds of reciprocal tariffs.

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