US President Donald Trump has denied that US consumers will pay for higher tariffs on Chinese imports and has warned China not to follow suit.
The US more than doubled tariffs on $200bn (£153.7bn) of Chinese goods on Friday, in a sharp escalation of their trade war.
But in a series of tweets, Mr Trump said China had “taken so advantage of the US for so many years”.
“Therefore, China should not retaliate – will only get worse!” he added.
Mr Trump said US consumers could avoid the tariffs by buying the same products from other sources.
“Many tariffed companies will be leaving China for Vietnam and other such countries in Asia. That’s why China wants to make a deal so badly!” he said.