U.S. urged to refrain from unfair trade measures

U.S. urged to refrain from unfair trade measures

Meanwhile the ministry said on Monday that it had uncovered instances of styrene dumping by United States and South Korean manufacturers in an initial ruling of an ongoing trade investigation into the chemical.

Trump may soon impose tariffs on steel and aluminum after the Commerce Department concluded two separate investigations into whether imports of the commodities risk USA national security.

"China urges the United States to exercise restraint in using trade restrictions and abiding by the multilateral trading rules with all parties so as to give a positive impetus to the development of world economy", he said.

Dumping, or selling goods at unfairly low prices overseas, can undercut domestic markets at the expense of home industries, the ministry said in a statement.

"I look at it two ways: I want to keep prices down, but I also want to make sure that we have a steel industry and an aluminium industry, and we do need that for national defence", Trump said. He told "We need to be careful here that we don't start a reciprocal battle on tariffs". Some urged him to take a harder line on imports to protect U.S. jobs, while others cautioned that higher prices would hurt other manufacturers that use steel and aluminium.

A bipartisan group of 19 lawmakers from both chambers of Congress met with Trump at the White House, in a session that was slated to take place behind closed doors before it was abruptly opened up to media members.

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They were discussing the potential for sweeping tariffs stemming from the Section 232 investigation into steel and aluminum imports into the U.S. "In a statement, the Senator said he was pleased with how the meeting went today, and he will continue to push the president to do more to enforce our trade laws".

At the same time, some Democrats from states Trump carried - and the more populist voters who propelled him into office - are pushing for actions that resemble the president's trade threats.

The number of trade investigations, which often lead to tariffs on other countries' products, rose 81% in the first 12 months of Trump's presidency, according to a Commerce Department investigation announced Tuesday. Korbel wrote a letter on behalf of 15 steel-buying associations to Trump on Monday that said they represent about 1 million U.S.jobs.

Trump nonetheless mentioned it again in Tuesday's meeting.

"What's going to happen is either we'll collect the same that they collect, or probably what happens is they'll end up not charging a tax and we won't have a tax, and that becomes free trade", Trump said. "And then I call that fair trade".

A House Republican proposal to tax imports, known as the border-adjusted tax, was removed from tax revamp plans after facing intense opposition from import-heavy industries such as retailers, and a cool reception from Senate lawmakers.

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