The making of a global trade war

Trade tensions between the United States, China, Canada and the European Union have been brewing for more than a year.

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August 15, 2018

Turkey doubles retaliatory tariffs on American cars to 120% and on alcoholic drinks to 140%. It also hikes taxes on US fruit, coal and rice.

August 10, 2018

President Donald Trump says he will double US tariffs on steel and aluminum from Turkey to 50% and 20%.

August 8, 2018

China says it will impose tariffs of 25% on roughly $16 billion worth of imports from the United States on August 23.

August 7, 2018

The Trump administration unveiled a list of roughly $16 billion worth of imports from China that will be hit with 25% tariffs.

August 3, 2018

Beijing announces plans to put tariffs of up to 25% on US products worth $60 billion if the Trump administration follows through with threats to tax $200 billion of Chinese goods.

August 1, 2018

Trump administration says it’s increasing the rate of proposed tariffs to 25% on an additional $200 billion worth of goods from China.

July 10, 2018

The Trump administration releases a list of Chinese goods worth $200 billion that could face 10% tariffs. It includes fruit and vegetables, handbags, refrigerators, rain jackets and baseball gloves.

July 6, 2018

Chinese tariffs on $34 billion worth of US imports come into effect

July 6, 2018

US tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports come into effect

July 1, 2018

China cuts import duties on passenger vehicles from 25% to 15%

July 1, 2018

Canada imposes tariffs on $12.5 billion worth of US imports

June 29, 2018

Europe warns US car tariffs could result in global retaliation against $300 billion worth of US exports

June 27, 2018

White House decides against outright limits on Chinese investment

June 22, 2018

Trump threatens 20% tariffs on car imports from the European Union

June 22, 2018

The European Union imposes tariffs of 25% on US products such as motorcycles, orange juice, bourbon, peanut butter, cigarettes and denim

June 21, 2018

India announces it will impose retaliatory tariffs on a range of American goods including apples, walnuts and some chemical and metal products. The tariffs will go into effect on August 4.

June 18, 2018

Trump threatens tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, on top of $50 billion already announced, if China retaliates. He threatens tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, if China retaliates again.

June 15, 2018

China vows to retaliate with tariffs on $50 billion worth of US goods, including cars, planes and soybeans

June 15, 2018

United States says it will impose a 25% tariff on $50 billion of Chinese exports starting July 6, targeting Chinese aerospace, robotics, manufacturing and auto industries

June 7, 2018

United States and China strike a deal on ZTE

June 6, 2018

Mexico imposes tariffs on $3 billion worth of US exports, a day after filing a complaint against United States with the World Trade Organization

June 2, 2018

Trade talks between United States and China in Beijing fail to produce progress

June 1, 2018

Canada and the European Union file complaints against United States with the World Trade Organization

June 1, 2018

United States imposes tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union

May 31, 2018

European Union says it will start the process for enacting retaliatory tariffs

May 31, 2018

Mexico vows to retaliate with comparable penalties on American lamps, pork, fruit, cheese and flat steel

May 31, 2018

Canada says it will impose tariffs on $12.8 billion in US exports on July 1

May 31, 2018

United States says it will start charging tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union

May 30, 2018

China says it will fight back against US tariffs announced on May 29

May 29, 2018

The White House says it will proceed with 25% tariffs on $50 billion worth of goods from China, and place new limits on Chinese investments in US high-tech industries

May 23, 2018

United States opens investigation into car imports

May 22, 2018

Japan informs the World Trade Organization it could impose counter-measures against United States after being hit by steel and aluminum tariffs

May 20, 2018

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says a trade war with China is "on hold"

May 19, 2018

United States and China call a ceasefire in trade dispute

May 15, 2018

Trade talks between United States and China begin in Washington

May 13, 2018

President Trump tweets he is working with China to save ZTE

May 3, 2018

Trade talks between United States and China in Beijing

April 17, 2018

China's Commerce Ministry says it will start charging importers a fee of about 179% on US sorghum. The imports were worth $1 billion in 2017

April 16, 2018

United States bans China’s tech giant ZTE from buying components from American firms

April 5, 2018

President Trump calls for another $100 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods, if China retaliates against initial round of tariffs on goods worth $50 billion

April 4, 2018

Chinese government announces plans for tariffs on $50 billion worth of US imports, including soybeans, autos and aircraft

April 3, 2018

US Trade Representative announces initial list of roughly 1,300 Chinese exports worth $50 billion that could be subject to US tariffs as punishment for intellectual property theft

April 2, 2018

Beijing imposes tariffs on about $3 billion worth of US imports

March 23, 2018

China threatens tariffs on $3 billion worth of US goods in response to steel and aluminum tariffs

March 23, 2018

US steel and aluminum tariffs go into effect

March 22, 2018

Trump administration directs the US trade representative to put tariffs on about $50 billion worth of Chinese imports following a seven-month investigation into intellectual property theft

March 9, 2018

Trump administration announces 25% tariffs on steel imports and 10% tariffs on aluminum imports, but grants exemptions to some allies, including Canada, Mexico and the European Union

January 22, 2018

Trump administration slaps tariffs on foreign solar panels and washing machines

August 14, 2017

Trump administration launches investigation into intellectual property theft by China

April 27, 2017

Trump administration launches investigation into aluminum imports

April 20, 2017

Trump administration launches investigation into steel imports

Julia Horowitz contributed to this report.


Published July 5, 2018