What to Know in Washington: China Tariffs Target Chips, EVs

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President Joe Biden is hiking tariffs on a wide range of Chinese imports — including semiconductors, batteries, solar cells, and critical minerals — in an election-year bid to bolster domestic manufacturing in critical industries. The changes are projected to affect around $18 billion in current annual imports, the White House said.

The moves represent Biden’s most comprehensive update to the China tariffs first imposed by former President Donald Trump, and a recognition that a hawkish approach to trade with Beijing remains popular with US voters. Biden will ratchet up rates on goods the US struggled to import during the coronavirus pandemic, and for key industries — like chips and green energy — that he’s sought to bolster since he took office.

Still, Biden must strike a careful balance. Additional tariffs risk increasing prices for consumers already hurting from inflation, and inspiring the ire of China, which could choose to retaliate in kind, Josh Wingrove reports. Read More


  • The president will deliver remarks around 12:15 p.m. on American investments and jobs.
  • He’ll also deliver remarks around 7:30 p.m. at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies’ gala at the Washington Convention Center.
  • Biden will return to the White House around 8:45 p.m.
  • Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will hold a briefing around 12:45 p.m.


  • The House meets at 2 p.m. to vote on reauthorizing the FAA.
  • The Senate returns at 3 p.m. for a procedural vote on Courtney Diesel O’Donnell’s nomination to be ambassador to UNESCO.
  • For the full detailed agenda, read BGOV’s Congress Tracker.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Jeannie Baumann in Washington at jbaumann@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Kayla Sharpe at ksharpe@bloombergindustry.com; Giuseppe Macri at gmacri@bgov.com

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