“For over a year, the Trump administration has patiently urged China to stop its unfair practices, open its market, and engage in true market competition,” Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said. “China has not changed its behavior."
"By anchoring targets in science, companies are able to move beyond incremental improvements and focus on what’s necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the scale that is needed,” said Kevin Rabinovitch, global vice president...
"The U.S. has not responded to Switzerland's request for an exemption from the tariffs to date," according to the Swiss economic affairs ministry.
One particular type of plastic, thermoplastics, which is used in water bottles, has grown 4.7% yearly from 1990 to 2017.
Duties on Chinese goods started at 12:01 a.m. Friday in Washington, just after midday in China.