TRADE WAR heats up as China takes aim at $60 billion in US goods.

China warned Friday it was prepared to impose new tariffs on $60 billion worth of American goods after Washington upped the ante in the escalating trade war between the world's two biggest economies.

The commerce ministry issued a statement saying the new duties would be applied if Washington pulled the trigger on President Donald Trump's threat to raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

The Chinese reaction is sure to ratchet up tensions with the Trump administration at the end of a week that saw stock markets rattled by the intensifying trade battle.

''China always believes that consultation on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit is an effective way to resolve trade differences,'' the commerce ministry said.

''Any unilateral threat or blackmail will only lead to intensification of conflicts and damage to the interests of all parties.''

The statement said the date of implementation of the taxes will depend on the  ''actions of the US side''  and china reserves the right to apply ''other countermeasures''.

The tariffs would range between five  percent  and  25  percent and would  5,027 products,  according to the  finance ministry. The list of products includes a  variety of  agriculture goods such as beef, as well as small planes, chemical components, textiles and liquefied natural gas.

The threat came a day after Chinese officials appealed for a dialogue based on ''mutual respect'' , with Foreign minister Wang Yi urging United States on Thursday to remain ''cool headed''.

The commerce ministry threat came after Wang met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Association Nations [ASEAN] in Singapore on Friday.

Washington and Beijing are locked in a battle over American accusations that China's  export economy  benefits from unfair policies and subsidies, as well as theft of American technological know-how.

Trump has threatened to slap tariffs on virtually all of China's exports to the United States in the tit-for-tat  trade conflict.  [Agencies]

The US  already imposed  25  percent tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods in early July, with another  $16 billion to be targeted in coming weeks, drawing an in-kind retaliation from China.

Days Later, Washington unveiled a list of another $200 billion in Chinese goods, from areas as varied as  electrical machinery  leather goods and seafood, that would be hit with  10 percent  import duties. [Agencies].


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