Germany has outpaced the United States as the top exporter of vehicles to the Chinese market, Beijing's Commerce Ministry said, citing current Sino-American trade tensions as the major reason for the decline in the USA share. "How can talks proceed?" "Talks and negotiations will not be on equal footing".
Hopes for talks to resolve the issue appeared to have been dealt a blow as The Wall Street Journal reported Beijing cancelled the visit of a negotiating team expected September 27-28 in Washington. The two sides had previously reached some consensus in four rounds of talks, and Beijing has no idea why the US went back on what they'd agreed, he told reporters on Tuesday.
When and whether talks resume is "completely up to the will of the US", he said.
"China's door is always open for negotiations", the state council's white paper said, but added they "cannot be carried out under the threat of a big tariff stick, nor at the expense of China's right to development".
Is he indeed? Let me go against the grain by arguing that the Trump presidency could in fact prove a blessing in disguise for Chinese leaders, as they are deliberating on effective ways to move forward with the economy at a time of great uncertainty - partly fuelled by his trade war. The government attacked Washington's bullying tactics and intimidation and promoted its own approach to resolving the dispute through consultation and cooperation.
On the decision to abandon trade talks late last week, Wang said the United States had "abandoned mutual understandings", making it hard to move forward. US exports of goods to China amounted to $129.89 billion in 2017, an increase of 577 percent from $19.18 billion in 2001.
Signs featuring U.S. and Chinese flags are seen outside a store selling foreign goods in Qingdao
Beijing's latest tariffs include an additional 5 per cent duty on about 1,600 kinds of US products including computers and textiles and an extra 10 per cent on more than 3,500 items including chemicals, meat, wheat, wine and liquefied natural gas.
If the President will continue the escalation of the conflict, the U.S. tariffs will cover all imported past year from China products. Plans for Vice Premier Liu He to make a follow-up visit to Washington this week were also scrapped, the paper said.
TRADE FIGHT: China issued a report accusing Washington of abandoning "mutual respect" required for global relations and "trade bullyism" toward other governments. "It would not be negotiations of equality".
The Chinese government's top diplomat also told business people at a meeting in NY that talks could not take place against the backdrop of "threats and pressure", the Foreign Ministry said. The potential visit fell apart last weekend after Trump, citing a lack of Chinese efforts to address his concern on protecting American intellectual property, made a decision to go ahead with the new tariffs. The idea is that this will boost local businesses and support the national economy.