China reacts to US trade threats

On Wednesday, the nation of China lashed out at fresh threats regarding trade from the United States which was a warning sign that China is prepared to fight back if the US was looking toward to a trade war which is just a few days ahead of a planned visit by Wilbur Ross who is the Commerce Secretary of the United States. On Tuesday, the United States stated in a very unexpected change of tone that it still held the threat of imposing the trade tariffs on the Chinese imports of about 50 billion dollars until it addresses the theft of intellectual property of the United States. The United States also mentioned that it will press ahead with limits on investment by the companies of China in the United States along with export controls for goods that are being exported to China.

A tougher position comes as the President of the United States; Donald Trump prepares for a June 12th summit with the leader of the nation of North Korea Kim Jong Un on the 12th of June 2018 whose key diplomatic backer is China. As the United States steps up efforts to counter what it reflects as the efforts of China for the purpose of limiting freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. The escalation of trade came after both sides had agreed, during talks in Washington previously in this month for the purpose of searching for steps to reduce the trade surplus of the nation of China which is about 375 billion dollars. Ross is expected to try to get the nation of China to agree to firm numbers for buying more US goods during a visit to the Chinese capital between the 2nd and the 4th of June 2018.

Hua Chunying who is the spokeswoman of the Foreign Ministry of China mentioned in a daily news briefing that they are urging the United States to keep its promise and meet China halfway in the spirit of the joint statement. She also added that the Chinese nation would be taking some forceful and strong measures for the protection of its interests if the United States and insists on acting in a random and reckless manner. Hua stated that when it comes to international relations every time a country contradicts itself it is a big blow to its own reputation.

January 16, 2022 - 18:30
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