(Corrects company names to Mitsui OSK Lines and Kawasaki Kisen in 7th paragraph)
TOKYO, March 15 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Thursday morning as machinery makers underperformed, hit by worries that global trade tensions could hurt demand after U.S. President Donald Trump sought to impose fresh tariffs on China.
The Trump administration is pressing China to cut its trade surplus with the United States by $100 billion, the White House said on Wednesday. Nikkei .N225 fell 0.8 percent to 21,605.76 in midmorning trade.
Analysts said that Trump's move could cut Chinese exports and capital expenditure, which could hamper demand for machinery made by Japanese firms, many of which have large exposure in China.
The broader Topix index .TOPX dropped 0.6 percent to 1,732.02.
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