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Trade war

US to hike China tariffs on March 2 if talks fail

Duties will be raised to 25% from 10% at end of 90-day window

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer officially set a new deadline for a delayed tariff hike on Chinese goods.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. officially set the date of its planned tariff increase on Chinese goods to 12:01 a.m. on March 2, 2019 in a Federal Register filing, as it begins trade negotiations with Beijing.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has called March 1 a "hard deadline," prodding the Chinese to speed up the talks.

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