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More Tariff Threats but Progress Fresh off his claim of successfully coercing Mexico via tariff threats into greater responsibility for the immigration mess, President Trump returned his focus today to China. Likely discouraged by skepticism expressed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that China is going to make any progress on U.S. demands before the G20 summit late this month, Mr. Trump made a new tariff threat today. He said he would apply 25 percent tariffs on another $300 billion worth of imports from China. However, it was a light threat since they would only be imposed if Chinese President Xi Jinping refuses to meet with him at the G20 meeting, a rather low bar. Meanwhile, G20 trade officials reached agreement on a statement reg...

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