The United States has imposed fresh import duties on Chinese aluminium, accusing exporters of dumping their product on the US market at prices below cost. The move follows a Commerce Department decision in August this year that also imposed import duties to counteract alleged unfair Chinese subsidies in the aluminium foil industry.
President Donald Trump is due to visit China as part of an 11-day trip to Asia beginning next week. The Trump administration has aggressively pursued trade remedies in commercial relations with Beijing investigating Chinese trade practices on intellectual property and for aluminium and steel on national security grounds.
Perceived Chinese misdeeds in commerce were a mainstay of Trump’s populist campaign for the White House but since taking office he has refrained from labelling Beijing a currency manipulator.