BEIJING: China has said it will take ‘necessary measures’ if the US tried to sabotage country’s interests.
This was stated by a Chinese official on Sunday in response to President Donald Trump’s plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium.
“China doesn’t want a trade war with the United States,” Zhang Yesui, spokesman for the National People’s Congress, told a news conference on the eve of the rubber-stamp parliament’s annual session.
“But if the US takes actions that hurt Chinese interests, China will not sit idly by and will take necessary measures,” Zhang said in China’s strongest reaction yet since Trump announced the levies on Friday.
President Xi Jinping’s top economic aide, Liu He, met with US officials at the White House this week to discuss the fraught economic relationship.
Trump’s announcement has sparked a flurry of counter threats from other nations, sparking fears that it will trigger a tit-for-tat trade conflict around the globe.
Trump has shrugged off the threat, boasting on Friday that “trade wars are good and easy to win”.
The Trump administration plans to impose 25 percent tariffs on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminium.
China has been in Trump’s crosshairs over its trade practices since his presidential campaign, but its steel and aluminium exports to the United States are minimal.
This report was contributed by AFP