Beijing has vowed to immediately respond with an equal amount of tariffs of its own against USA autos, agricultural and other products, but it was unclear how swiftly the actions could escalate into an all-out trade war. "You tax soybean exports at 25 percent, and you have serious damage to USA farmers". This figure is nearly the total sum the USA imported from China in 2017.
It also accused the U.S. of resorting to "typical trade bullying".
A spokesman at China's Ministry of Commerce said Friday that Beijing was forced to respond, calling the US tariffs "typical trade bullying", according to CNBC.
Hours before Washington's deadline for the tariffs to take effect, US President Donald Trump upped the ante on its largest trading partner, warning that the United States may ultimately target over $500 billion worth of Chinese goods, or roughly the total amount of US imports from China a year ago.
The total value of the USA tariffs on China amounts to $50bn, though they will come into effect in two tranches, with the first round covering 818 products worth about $34bn having come into force on Friday.
The US tariffs announced so far would affect the equivalent of 0.6 percent of global trade and account for 0.1 percent of global GDP, according to Morgan Stanley. MITA asked that imaging technology be excluded from the final list of products being slapped with tariffs - but to no avail.
Last month, the European Union imposed tariffs on American goods worth United States dollars 3 billion such as yachts, bourbon and motorcycles.
President Donald Trump said more than $500 billion in Chinese products could ultimately be penalized.
"There should be no doubting Beijing's resolve", the newspaper said.
Chinese state-run media reported that Beijing's measures against Washington formally took effect at 12:01 p.m. on Friday at the same time as the United States activated its tariffs against China.
US Customs and Border Protection officials have started collecting 25 percent duties on a range of products coming in from China including motor vehicles, computer disk drives, parts of pumps, valves and printers and many other industrial components.
He said exports often consist of pig parts not in demand domestically, such as offal, and that China's huge population and demand for pork represents an opportunity for US producers.
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On Thursday, a spokesperson for China's ministry of commerce said the United States will be "opening fire on the whole world and also opening fire on itself".
The conflict between the world's two biggest economies reflects chronic tension in their relationship as customers, business partners, and increasingly competitors.
-China tit-for-tat tariff fight is likely to shrink trade volume worldwide, which would weigh on the global economy that has been on a recovery track.
After that, the hostilities could intensify: Trump said Washington is ready to target an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports - and then $300 billion more - if Beijing does not yield.
"Imposing additional tariffs will increase the costs of Chinese companies in exports to the US and thus make them face greater competition pressure", said Xiao Feng, deputy general manager of Shenzhen-based OneTouch Business Service Ltd., a subsidiary of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.
U.S. trade data released Friday showed exports hit a record, as importers bumped up purchases, particularly of tariff-targeted United States soy beans, to build up supplies before the new duties hit. It said they would damage the global economy unless other countries stop them.
But if the trade war continues into the spring of 2019, the owners of thousands of smaller farms, many handed down from generation to generation, could face tough decisions, pitting their pocketbooks against the president's policies.