US debates additional tariffs on Chinese goods over Russian support

Washington, March 20 (IANS) Ted Budd, Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, has submitted a bill to Congress suggesting the possibility of imposing additional duties on certain products from China due to support from Beijing to Russia in the midst of the war in Ukraine.

The politician put forward such a proposal due to the fact that Beijing “provides financial support” to Moscow in the context of the situation in Ukraine, RT reported.

According to the US MP, Beijing’s support for Moscow consists, among other things, in China increasing the volume of purchases of agricultural products from Russia against the backdrop of a special operation in Ukraine.

In this regard, Budd proposed a number of measures to counter China.

It follows from the text of the bill that after the document comes into force, the US Trade Representative must submit to the President data on the amount of wheat and barley that China buys from Russia.

If volumes are found to exceed February 1 figures, Washington will raise tariffs on certain types of goods imported into the United States from China, RT reported.

“Upon confirmation … the President will impose an additional duty of 20% of the value of this item on any item classified under Titles I, II, or III of the United States Harmonized Tariff Schedule, originating in China and imported into the United States. Customs territory,” the document adds.

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