China has announced plans to impose tariffs on some U.S. goods starting on July 6.
The country's Custom Tariffs Commission of the State Council announced the plans in a statement released late Friday, June 15. The move comes after President Donald Trump announced Friday morning plans to impose tariffs of about $50 billion on Chinese imports.
Beijing was swift to respond to Trump's morning action, subsequently calling on "all countries to take joint action, resolutely put an end to this outdated and regressive behavior, and firmly defend the common interest of mankind."
In the tariff announcement Friday afternoon, China wrote, "The U.S. measures violated the relevant rules of the World Trade Organization and it is contrary to the consensus reached in the Sino-U.S. negotiations. It seriously violates our legitimate rights and interests and threatens the interests of our country and people."
President Trump has also made it clear that he would respond with more tariffs in the event of a Chinese retaliation.