President Donald Trump's administration has released a vast list of $US200 billion worth of Chinese exports that will be subject to 10% tariffs.
The official said the decision was not final and that the list of Chinese goods would not become final until after the public had a chance to comment.
The move escalates the trade war between the world's two largest economies.
The move came just days after the administration levied its previous tariffs package, valued at around $34 billion, against Chinese imports. Another source who is familiar with the situation confirmed the Bloomberg report to Reuters.
The United States has chose to impose tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China after efforts to negotiate a solution to the trade dispute failed to reach an agreement, senior administration officials said on Tuesday.
A business group says European companies that export from China are changing the global flow of their goods to avoid higher American tariffs in a sign of the spreading impact of the U.S. China has vowed to retaliate dollar-for-dollar to any further USA tariffs.
The President, who blames China and other developing countries for hollowing out the US manufacturing sector, was elected in large part by promising to bring back factory jobs by going to war with trading partners.
"Although I have supported the administration's targeted efforts to combat China's technology transfer regime, tonight's announcement appears reckless and is not a targeted approach", Hatch said in a statement.
A senior administration official told Fox News that China has been "non-responsive" to US actions and has insisted that Beijing does not see any way America has been hurt by Chinese policies. But Trump hasn't backed down, arguing that China's unfair trading practices are hurting American workers.
The U.S. complains that China uses predatory practices, including outright cybertheft, in a push to challenge American technological dominance.