China imposed tariffs on 128 US products ranging from wine to oranges in order to “balance the losses” caused by US duties and to protect China’s national interests, according to a commentary on the front page of the official People’s Daily.

Beijing on Monday slapped additional tariffs of up to 25 percent on about $3 billion worth of US products in response to new US duties on aluminum and steel imports.

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US producers, Canada and South Korea have been granted exemptions from the aluminum and steel duties, but not China, a relatively small supplier to the United States.

The Chinese tariffs are widely regarded as modest in size. They are seen as a warning shot to the US administration, which will this week unveil a list of Chinese high-tech imports targeted for US duties.

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