Washington (dpa) - The trade war between the US and China is getting worse: The US government will increase all punitive tariffs on imports from China by five percentage points each, as US President Donald Trump announced on Twitter. His announcement came only hours after China announced new punitive tariffs on US imports. The bitter dispute between the two largest economies has thus reached the next level of escalation. The trade war between the US and China has been going on for months, increasingly burdening the global economy.