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Trade war

US grants nearly 1,000 exemptions from China tariffs

Industrial machinery and electronics parts among imports excluded in initial round

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, whose office recently approved the first tariff exclusions.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Trump administration has granted nearly 1,000 exemptions to tariffs on Chinese goods, according to a list published by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

The U.S. has imposed additional duties three times on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods as sanctions for alleged intellectual property theft. The USTR has received exclusion requests for items that meet certain conditions -- the product can only be procured from China, for example -- but had yet to grant any in its previous list on Dec. 20 due to screening delays.

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