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China Says Door Is Still Open To Trade Talks With US
- Jun 07, 2018 -

One day after Beijing warned that any trade and business deals reached with Washington would be void if the United States implemented tariffs, the country’s Foreign Ministry said China is always open to negotiations.


The United States and China have threatened tit-for-tat tariffs on goods worth up to $150 billion each, as US president Trump has pushed Beijing to open up its economy further and address the United States’ large trade deficit with China.


The two countries ended their latest round of negotiations on Sunday with US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and his delegation leaving Beijing without making a public statement. China also made no mention of any new agreements.


Following Chinese Vice Premier Liu He’s talks with Ross, China referred instead to a consensus reached last month in Washington, when China agreed to increase significantly its purchases of US goods and services. It also warned that any tariffs and other trade measures imposed by Washington would derail any agreements between the two sides.


Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying referred questions to the country’s Commerce Ministry when asked at a regular news briefing when and where a next round of talks might occur, and if Liu was preparing to go to the United States.


“But I think China’s position in principle is very clear, which is that China’s door to dialogue and consultations is always open,” Hua said, according to reuters.com.