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China vows retaliation for $200 billion US tariff threat

San Francisco Chronicle
China vows retaliation for $200 billion US tariff threat

Caption Close BEIJING — China’s government vowed Wednesday to take “firm and forceful measures” as the U.S. threatened to expand tariffs to thousands of Chinese imports like fish sticks, apples and French doors, the latest salvo in an escalating trade dispute that threatens to chill global economic growth. China gave no details, but it has plenty of options to retaliate that could extend beyond additional tariffs on U.S. imports. There are fears that Beijing could attempt to disrupt operations of American automakers, retailers and others that see China as a key market. The spiraling conflict stems from Washington’s complaint that Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology and