The latest United States tariffs on 279 products, including motorcycles, speedometers and antennas, will also take effect August 23.
The new tariffs, the latest in the ongoing trade spat between US and China, target industrial supplies, chemicals, motorcycles, tractors and tractor parts, rail cars, auto parts, some iron and steel, motor and machine components and more.
Announcing the new duties, the US Trade Representatives Office: "China directs and unfairly facilitates the systematic investment in, and acquisition of, US companies and assets to generate large-scale technology transfer".
The dispute has continued to escalate as the sides exchange threats, and Trump last week threatened to jack up the tariff rate on the next $200 billion in Chinese imports it plans to target to 25 percent, from the planned 10 percent.
Analysts still expect a less favorable overall trade balance for China in coming months given it's early days in the tariff brawl.
The Trump administration announced today that it would impose 25 per cent tariffs on imports of 279 items from China amounting to Dollars 16 billion.
The action is the latest by U.S. President Donald Trump to put pressure on China to negotiate trade concessions after imposing tariffs on $34 billion in goods last month. But it was 11% higher than in the same month past year. Washington applied a 25% tariff on Chinese imports including airplane tires and various industrial parts.
The latest commentary from state media on Wednesday took a softer line after resorting to personal attacks against Trump earlier in the week, saying China could get through the storm but refrained from directly mentioning the US President.
After a strong start to the year, growth in the world's second-largest economy cooled slightly in the second quarter, partly hit by the government's years-long efforts to tackle debt risks.
Trump has threatened to levy a 25% tariff on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to the United States - a move that would blow open the disagreement between the countries.
The US and China have been trying to restart high-level talks that broke off after Trump followed through on his tariff threats.
John Neuffer, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association, said: "We have made the case to the administration, in the strongest possible terms, that tariffs imposed on semiconductors imported from China will hurt America's..."