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Trucks transport containers at Dachan Bay Terminals in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province of China. Photo: VCG

The Trump administration is considering increasing tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese products from 10% to 25% as it seeks to force Beijing to negotiate better trade deals, reports Bloomberg.

The details: The Trump administration imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods earlier this month, escalating a global trade war that has pitted the country against its trading partners. The move was met by retaliatory tariffs from China, aiming at states that voted for President Trump in the 2016 election. Three sources with knowledge of the plan to increase tariffs told Bloomberg it could be made public in the Federal Register coming days. However, it hasn't been finalized and may not solicit public review.

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Why it matters: Biden heralded a new agreement to help Australia acquire nuclear submarines as part of a trilateral security pact with the U.K. and the U.S. as an "historic step" to update U.S. alliances to face new challenges. The message from French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, was quite different.

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Why it matters: It's the second criminal charge stemming from special counsel John Durham's review of possible misconduct by the intelligence community and prosecutors who investigated the 2016 Trump campaign's ties to Russia.