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The Wall Street Journal: Trump-tariff targets say American consumers will end up paying the price

Asian nations have been bracing for trade sanctions ever since President Donald Trump took office a year ago.

The wait was over Monday, as Trump declared tariffs on imports of Chinese solar panels and South Korean washing machines — measures his administration said were needed to protect U.S. manufacturers from a flood of cheap imports.

Read:Opinion: Trump was right: The real U.S. solar industry needs those anti-China tariffs

South Korea’s Trade Ministry called the tariffs unfair and argued they violated World Trade Organization requirements, while China’s commerce ministry called the action an “abuse of trade remedies.”

The U.S. action will also mean higher prices for American consumers, said Wang Bohua, secretary-general of China’s photovoltaic industry association, which represents Chinese solar companies.

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