China rattled investors in the US LNG export sector when it said Friday it may impose 25% tariffs on American cargoes if President Donald Trump follows through on his threat to escalate the trade dispute with Beijing that he initiated. Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience. Register Now Chinese demand figures to underpin a substantial chunk of the expected US export capacity growth over the next decade, as the country is forecast to soon overtake Japan as the world’s biggest LNG importer. Cheniere Energy holds the only major firm long-term sales agreements announced so far between a US exporter and a Chinese buyer. More commercial deals with China will be needed to finance projects under development. Tariffs could make those contracts more expensive, prompting Chinese buyers to seek supplies from elsewhere. US spot cargoes also would be at risk of being priced out […]