When asked if Beijing would consider using its treasury holdings against the US, Zhu said China was a responsible investor and the decision of whether to have more or fewer US treasury bonds should be decided by the market.
Most Asian stock markets holding early Friday, in an early sign that investors-for now-are brushing off concerns about the brewing brouhaha between the world's two biggest economies.
China also urged the European Union to join it in taking a "clear stance" against U.S. protectionism, calling for Brussels and Beijing to "jointly preserve the rules-based multilateral trade order", said Zhang Ming, the head of the Chinese mission to the EU.
The tariffs "will hit China where it hurts, squeezing the exact hi-tech and advance manufacturing sectors that Beijing is hoping to develop through Made in China 2025", he said. The U.S.is allowing 60 days for public feedback and hasn't specified when the tariffs would take effect, leaving a window open for talks.
Markets recovered on Wednesday after stocks initially fell following China's announcement.
Wednesday saw the Chinese government issue a US$50-billion list of more than 110 U.S. goods that could be subject to tariffs, responding to U.S. President Donald Trump's tariff list out late Tuesday of US$50 billion worth of Chinese goods that will be subject to a 25 per cent tariff. For one thing, it seems to be lost on Trump that while, yes, we have a trade deficit with China, Americans actually get something out of that, i.e. cheap goods that, as NY " s Jonah Shepp points out, "have raised our standard of living even as our incomes have stagnated". About the time of the U.S. Civil War, the country's dependence on British exports had begun to wane and a growing domestic economy gobbled up almost everything it produced.
Tensions have risen between the USA and China as both nations have proposed implementing tariffs as they jockey for position in ongoing trade negotiations.
The US administration has imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from some countries, notably from China. Other U.S. carmakers such as General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. also manufacture in China. History and research show that a trade war can not be won, and should never be fought. "Negotiations will probably lead to less disruptive outcomes for both sides", Saroliya wrote.
Trump administration officials insisted there was no trade war even as trade groups in Washington and GOP lawmakers expressed alarm at the back and forth.
A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index and other countries' indexes at a securities firm in Tokyo on April 6, 2018.
"Soybeans, that's our top agricultural commodity exported to China", said Tony Banks, assistant director of commodity marketing at the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.
"In the United States at least, we're putting it out for comment, it's going to take a couple months", he said, referring to the proposed new tariffs. But he added, "We're going to have a much stronger country when we're finished".
The trade dispute between the US and China has escalated in recent days.
Banks, at the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, said farmers are afraid the tariffs not only will cost them business but also push down commodity prices that are already the most depressed they have been in 15 years.
The result of all the tension and brinksmanship, the White House says, will be a fairer global business climate for US industries. However, the European Union, the U.S. and China have economies of roughly the same size.