The US Trade Representative’s Office on Monday will kick off seven days of testimony from US retailers, manufacturers and other businesses about President Donald Trump’s plan to hit another $300 billion worth of Chinese goods with tariffs, reported Reuters.
The hearings beginning Monday will end on June 25, the USTR said in a statement on Friday. According to the timeline, Trump would not be able to trigger the fresh wave of tariffs until after July 2, when a seven-day final rebuttal comment period ends.
US-China relations have deteriorated since Trump accused Beijing in early May of reneging on commitments to change its ways of doing business with the rest of the world, said Reuters. Since then, Trump raised tariffs to 25% on $200 billion of Chinese goods.
Trump has said he wants to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the G20 leaders summit being held in Japan this month, but neither government has confirmed a meeting.