Fears of a trade war have been simmering in recent weeks, with Washington and Beijing exchanging tit-for-tat levies and threats of more duties on hundred of billions of dollars worth of goods.
But in another move that could exacerbate tensions, China decided Tuesday to slap provisional anti-dumping duties on imports of United States sorghum, saying its domestic industry has suffered from "substantial damage".
The ministry launched the investigation in February in what many observers said was meant as a retaliation for the Trump administration's tariffs on Chinese solar panels and washing machines late previous year.
The US shipped 4.8 million tonnes of sorghum to China previous year, a fourteenfold increase from 317,000 tonnes in 2013, said Wang Hejun, director of the ministry's trade remedy and investigation bureau.
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Aseemanand has already been acquitted in the Ajmer Sharif Dargah blast case a year ago due to lack of evidence. The UPA government was in power from 2004-2014, and most of the investigation was done when it was in power.
The measures on sorghum, a grain used in animal feed and for making the fiery traditional Chinese liquor baijiu, target farm areas that voted for Trump in 2016.
China is the largest buyer of USA sorghum - grown mostly in the rural American South, a region that voted heavily for Trump in the 2016 election.
A preliminary ruling by the ministry found that U.S. companies had dumped sorghum grain on the Chinese market and such imports had caused substantial damage to the domestic industry, Xinhua news agency reported.
It said prices of USA sorghum fell 13 percent from 2013 to 2017, while shipments increased 14-fold.
President Xi Jinping announced the plans for the auto industry last week without giving any timeline.
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"The biggest challenge for China's economy this year is a possible slump in the growth of consumer spending", said Jiang Chao, chief economist at Haitong Securities.
This will be followed by the removal of ownership obstacles in 2022 for makers of commercial vehicles and passenger cars.
Carmakers complied because they gained access to China's populous market, which passed the United States in 2009 as the world's biggest by number of vehicles sold.
The step reflects growing official confidence in China's young but fast-growing carmakers and a desire to make the industry more flexible as Beijing promotes development of electric cars.
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Wind-driven precipitation will move into the region late Friday night , beginning as all rain with temperatures in the 40s. Then it warms up and we gear up for another storm system - probably not as powerful as this one - in another 3-4 days.