China to retaliate if US raises tariffs as planned: Commerce ministry

A 2014 Ford F150 truck goes through Quality Control on the assembly line at Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan.
A 2014 Ford F150 truck goes through Quality Control on the assembly line at Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan. PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's commerce ministry said on Wednesday (May 8) it would take retaliatory measures if Washington went ahead with a plan to raise tariffs on Chinese imports on Friday.

Escalating trade frictions were not in the interests of either country or the world, the ministry said.

The United States will raise tariffs from 10 per cent to 25 per cent on US$200 billion (S$272 billion) worth of Chinese imports, effective Friday, according to a notice posted to the Federal Register on Wednesday.