May 9, 2019 / 7:39 AM / 2 months ago

China fully ready to defend interests in trade war - commerce ministry

BEIJING, May 9 (Reuters) - China is fully prepared to defend its interests in its trade war with the United States, but hopes the United States can resolve problems through dialogue instead of unilateral steps, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday.

China has the determination and capacity to defend its interests, but hopes the U.S. can meet China halfway, Gao Feng, the ministry’s spokesman, told reporters.

China’s Vice Premier Liu He is heading a delegation set to hold talks with U.S. counterparts in Washington on Thursday and Friday aimed at salvaging a deal, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to increase tariffs on Chinese goods on Friday.

Reaching a deal requires effort from both sides, the commerce ministry spokesman said, adding that Liu’s visit showed China’s sincerity. China opposes unilaterally imposed tariffs, and there is no winner in a trade war, Gao said. (Reporting by Yawen Chen and Vincent Lee; Writing by Ryan Woo; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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