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With new tariffs, Trump goes beyond tough talk on trade

US safeguards on solar cells and washing machines take aim at China and South Korea

The Trump administration decided to impose a 30% tariff on solar panels, targeting cheap Chinese imports.

WASHINGTON -- The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has kicked off the second year of its America-centric trade policy with the country's first safeguard tariffs in 16 years, butting heads with China and South Korea to protect domestic industry.

The measures approved Monday by Trump include a duty on solar cells and modules to remain in effect for four years, starting at 30% and falling 5 percentage points annually thereafter.

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