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US. will launch public hearings about additional Chinese tariffs next week


PHOTO FILE: Workers load goods to be exported to cranes at a port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China June 7, 2019. Photos taken June 7 2019. REUTERS / Stringer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Office of the US Trade Representative on Monday will begin seven days of testimony from US retailers, producers and businesses about President Donald Trump's plan to get $ 300 billion in Chinese goods at a tariff.

The trial, which began Monday, will end on June 25, the USTR said in a statement on Friday. That timeline means Trump will not be able to trigger a wave of new tariffs until after July 2, when the seven-day comment period ends.

US-China relations have deteriorated since Trump accused Beijing in early May of reneging on its commitment to change the way it does business with other countries in the world.

Since then, Trump has raised the tariff to 25% in the $ 200 billion of Chinese goods and ordered his trade representatives to prepare tariffs on other $ 300 billion, which effectively covers almost all Chinese exports to the United States.

Trump said he wanted to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping during the June 28-29 G20 leaders' summit in Japan, but no government confirmed the meeting.

Another proposed tariff of $ 300 billion is "further responses to China's unfair trade practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation," the USTR said in a statement on Friday.

The tariff will suppress consumer goods, including cellphones, laptop computers, toys, video game consoles, television sets, clothing and footwear.

A list of more than 300 witnesses scheduled includes representatives from Best Buy retailers, toy maker Hasbro Inc. makers of iRobot vacuum cleaners, Moen tap makers and other companies and trade groups in various industries.

Reporting by Chris Prentice and David Lawder; Editing by Tom Brown

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