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The Wall Street Journal: U.S. targets China with steep tariffs on solar panels, washing machines

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Monday it would impose new trade barriers aimed at protecting domestic makers of solar panels and washing machines from a recent surge of cheap imports.

The moves begin what Trump aides say will be a year of tougher trade actions, aimed in particular against China.

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“The president’s action makes clear again that the Trump administration will always defend American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.

Specifically, the administration said it would impose tariffs on washing machines at a rate of up to 50%, with the rates phasing out over the next few years.

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