Calling Washington's behavior irrational, Beijing warned that the USA is, in the first instance, hurting itself with protectionist measures and constant attacks on free trade. "It will also result in retaliatory tariffs, further hurting American workers", a spokesman was quoted as saying by Reuters.
He said the plastics industry needs a "reliable, rational approach to trade".
ACC does not believe the tariffs will change China's trading practices.
Auto parts retailers, which would also be affected by the latest tariff threats the USA lobbed at China, fell more steeply than the broader market.
While the first round of USA tariffs focused on Chinese industrial products, which have less of a direct impact on American consumers, the most recent list of tariffs includes fish, apples, and furniture.
"Tariffs on such a broad scope of products make it inconceivable that American consumers will dodge this tax increase as prices of everyday products will be forced to rise", David French, the group's senior vice president for government relations, said in a statement. Within four days, the trade war had escalated: a second round of tariffs is already on the horizon. "China cheats, and manufacturers want to see China held accountable".
"Depending on how these trade negotiations do develop, we do anticipate that there could be another rate hike by the end of 2018, but if trade negotiations deteriorate that may get pushed out further in 2019".
On Friday, the U.S. imposed 25-percent tariffs on around USD 34 billion in Chinese goods, sparking an immediate dollar-for-dollar retaliation from Beijing.
The additional USA tariffs, which will go through a two-month approval process including a public hearing, come after China retaliated in a tit-for-tat trade skirmish last week.
In his statement, Lighthizer claimed that the United States has specially targeted those Chinese products that "benefit from China's industrial policy and forced technology transfer practices", and China's retaliation - from Washington's perspective - was "without any global legal basis or justification".
"We can not turn a blind eye to China's mercantilist trade practices, but this action falls short of a strategy that will give the administration negotiating leverage with China while maintaining the long-term health and prosperity of the American economy", Hatch said in a statement.
China's commerce ministry said it was "shocked" and would complain to the World Trade Organisation, but did not immediately say how it would retaliate.
Flooring products included on list are vinyl; plastic; wood-both engineered and solid; bamboo; cork; carpet-tufted and woven; tile; and ceramic-glazed and unglazed.
Additionally, they cover bags and boxes; building products, luggage and include some categories of plastic machinery and molds apparently not covered in previous tariffs.
Topping the list is furniture ($29 billion USD), computer network routers ($23 billion), and assorted computer components ($20 billion).
The latest round of proposed tariffs come a few days after the USA government unveiled procedures for companies to apply for exclusions from the first round of tariffs, which went into effect July 6.