Biden Raises Tariffs on China, Shifts Away from 2020 Trade Stance

President Joe Biden has taken a new approach to trade with China, increasing tariffs on Chinese products. This move is seen as a departure from Biden’s previous opposition to tariffs during his 2020 campaign. The Biden administration has emphasized the need for fair competition in the global market and has raised tariffs on various Chinese goods such as steel, aluminum, electric vehicles, semiconductors, medical equipment, and face masks.

The administration argues that these tariffs are necessary to prevent China from flooding the market with unfairly underpriced exports and to protect American jobs and businesses. They assert that Chinese firms currently control up to 90% of global production for certain goods, and the tariffs aim to address China’s unfair, non-market practices. The White House also suggests that the tariffs, along with other policies like the infrastructure bill, will be more effective in promoting American manufacturing than the previous administration’s trade deal with China. 


Despite Biden’s past criticism of tariffs, the administration has maintained the tariffs previously implemented by former President Donald Trump. Some critics argue that Biden is following Trump’s lead and failing to protect American manufacturers adequately. The focus on tariffs has also drawn attention to the competition between the two administrations, with both emphasizing their commitment to addressing China’s trade practices.

The tariffs are particularly significant in states with strong manufacturing sectors, such as Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, where both Biden and Trump are vying for support. The administration hopes that the tariffs will slow China’s advances in key sectors like electric vehicles, allowing American companies a chance to compete and develop their products. Additionally, concerns about China’s heavy government subsidies and their impact on the market have led to discussions about potential bans on Chinese products like electric vehicles.

The Biden administration’s decision to increase tariffs has drawn a mix of praise and criticism, with Democratic strategist Brad Bannon highlighting the potential benefits for industrial states and the political implications, while critics argue that Biden’s approach does not go far enough to protect American interests. The debate over tariffs and their impact on trade relations with China is likely to remain a focal point of political discussions and policy decisions in the coming years.

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