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US to decide on trade sanctions against China this month

Concern grows over potential side effects and retaliation

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. will decide by month's end whether to impose trade sanctions as a remedy for its massive trade deficit with China, though many at home and abroad worry that far-reaching measures could impact American trade with other countries and trigger retaliatory measures.

President Donald Trump had not taken action on the issue until now, despite railing against Chinese trade practices since the election campaign. With a year under his belt and tax reform all wrapped up, 2018 will be a year of action, a former U.S. trade representative said.

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