The move is a major escalation in a brewing trade war between the world's two largest economies.
Tariffs by SeptemberAccording to the Office of the US Trade Representative:
- The additional 6,031 product lines would be hit with a 10 percent tariff.
- The list is subject to two months of finalization and input before possible implementation by President Donald Trump.
- The earliest they would come into effect is September.
- The products include various food items, chemicals, minerals, tobacco, electronics and office goods.
China's Commerce Ministry called the new wave of US tariffs "totally unacceptable." It added that Beijing would respond to the latest moves by Washington.
"The US's behavior is hurting China, hurting the world, and hurting itself," the ministry said in a statement.
Tax on American consumersThe Retail Industry Leaders Association said new tariffs on Chinese imports would punish American families by driving up prices.
Scott Lincicome, a trade lawyer for the group Republicans Fighting Tariffs, said tariffs on $200 billion would amount to a "multibillion-dollar tax on American businesses and families" and prompt China to retaliate against American exporters.
US Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch described the move as "reckless."
A top Chinese commerce official, echoing previous statements, accused the United States of harming the world trade rules and globalization.