White House Considering Reducing or Increasing Tariffs on China

by | Aug 10, 2022

White House Considering Reducing or Increasing Tariffs on China

by | Aug 10, 2022

joe biden and donald trump

Joe Biden and Donald Trump

President Joe Biden is examining a range of options for what to do with the current tariffs on China, according to Reuters. For months, the administration has considered cutting tariffs on Beijing to relieve inflation in the US, but has alternatively thought about additional penalties as China carries out military drills in the waters surrounding Taiwan. 

Under President Donald Trump, the US placed tariffs on over 2,000 categories of Chinese goods, inflaming a trade spat which saw American tech firms pay over $32 billion in tariffs between 2018 and 2021. Biden maintained Trump’s trade war against Beijing through the first year of his administration, but rising prices stateside have spurred debate in the White House about easing the penalties. 

Since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan last month, the US-China relationship has deteriorated. Beijing denounced Pelosi’s trip as a violation of Chinese sovereignty and another example of American meddling in its internal affairs, launching unprecedented war games in the waters and air space surrounding the island in retaliation. 

According to a Reuters report published Wednesday, the White House has made a political calculation to avoid any action that could be perceived as too dovish toward Beijing, though is still reluctant to “do anything that could be viewed by China as an escalation.”

“I think Taiwan has changed everything,” one source told the outlet.

Top officials in the administration say the president has not made a decision on how to proceed, however, with one staffer telling Reuters that Biden “had not made a decision before events in the Taiwan Strait and has still not made a decision, period. All options remain on the table. The only person who will make the decision is the president – and he will do so based on what is in our interests.”

About Kyle Anzalone

Kyle Anzalone is news editor of the Libertarian Institute, opinion editor of Antiwar.com and co-host of Conflicts of Interest with Will Porter and Connor Freeman.

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