China tech stocks take a beating as Trump sets tariffs on $60 billion of goods

Losses in Chinese tech stocks outpaced their U.S. counterparts on Thursday, with those losses holding into the close after President Donald Trump announced tariffs on tens of billions of dollars’ worth of goods from China.

On Thursday, Trump said he instructed the office of the U.S. Trade Representative to draw up a list of with an emphasis on sensitive technologies.

The subject of Chinese tariffs has rattled markets in recent days on fears that they will trigger a trade war with the world’s second-largest economy. U.S. trade groups recently urged Trump to halt the tariff plan, warning that it would trigger a .

While U.S. tech stocks were having a rough day along with the broader market, as evidenced by the Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund  finishing down 2.6%, Chinese tech stocks were having an even worse day. In fact, following the tariff announcement, U.S. tech stocks saw a brief paring of losses, before sliding back down with the broader market.

U.S. shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.  closed down 5.5%, Tencent Holdings Ltd.  shares fell 5% and Baidu Inc.  U.S. shares closed down 5.6%.

In the U.S., shares of Amazon Inc.  finished down 2.3%, Alphabet Inc.  fell 3.8% and Facebook Inc.  shares closed down 2.7%.

In comparison, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index  closed down 2.4%, the S&P 500 index  fell 2.5% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average  dropped 2.9%.

Other big declines in U.S.-traded stocks of Chinese companies included Sina Corp. , which fell 6.8%, and Weibo Corp. , which dropped 7%. JinkoSolar Holding Co. shares fell 8%, NetEase Inc. shares dropped 5.4% and Yingli Green Energy Holding Co.  shares dropped 7.2%

While not as bad as other Chinese stocks, U.S. shares of JD Inc. 51job Inc. and Ctrip International Ltd. all finished down more than 2%.

In another sign of trade friction with China, Best Buy Co.  plans to stop selling Huawei Technologies Co. phones in the U.S. Shares of Best Buy finished down 1.7%.