NEW YORK/BEIJING -- The U.S. and China have entered the second phase of their trade war with a fresh round of tariffs on $16 billion in goods by both sides. The levies threaten to destabilize the international supply chains that multinationals have spent years building up, linking factories inside and outside China, and all but promise serious economic consequences down the road no matter who wins in the short term.
Washington's 25% additional tariffs kicked in Thursday for 279 products, including integrated circuits, plastic products and rubber. Beijing responded in kind for 333 goods, including certain types of paper, automobiles and copper scrap. It also filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization.