China warns United States against tariffs as trade talks end

America’s traditional allies are desperately seeking new friends as US President Donald Trump hails the leaders of North Korea and China instead but may have to rely on themselves to ride out the storm analysts said. — Reuters pic

Just over a week later, President Donald Trump said the US was instead forging ahead with a plan to slap tariffs on up to $50 billion in Chinese imports.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was in Beijing on June 2 and 3, for talks with Chinese officials led by Vice Premier Liu He, according to Xinhua.

White House advisers, meanwhile, insisted on fundamental changes in ties between the world's two biggest economic powers.

During his two-day stay, Ross will be looking to build on a vague joint statement released May 19, after the last negotiations in Washington.

An earlier preliminary deal between the U.S. and Chinese delegations also featured a planned Chinese purchase of United States goods, along with a USA promise to delay tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods. "By definition that will deal with the trade deficit", he added.

"Both sides appear to have hardened their negotiating stances and are waiting for the other side to blink", said Eswar Prasad, professor of trade policy at Cornell University.

China said it is willing to increase imports from multiple countries including the U.S.in order to meet the people's ever-growing needs for a better life and to serve the needs of high-quality economic development.

The second approach of strengthening IPR for United States companies in China is more strategically targeted to stall fulfillment of Xi Jinping's ambitious high technology goals for China in the coming decade. Mr Trump has also complained about barriers U.S. firms face in Europe and elsewhere.

Earlier, China responded with a threat to retaliate with higher duties on a $50 billion list of American goods including soybeans, small aircraft, whiskey, electric vehicles and orange juice.

Tensions quickly eased on Might 19 after China promised to "considerably improve" its purchases of USA farm, power and different merchandise.

Other officials and technical experts from the Department of Commerce, Department of Treasury, United States Trade Representative, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Energy also took part, the White House said.

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China responded by targeting $50 billion in USA products, including soybeans - a shot at Trump supporters in America's heartland.

Washington is demanding that China end state subsidies to key industries, which it says give them a major advantage in global markets, and that it cease efforts to develop high-tech industries, accusing China of stealing American intellectual property.

It also warned that any tariffs and other trade measures imposed by Washington would derail any agreements between the two sides. Navarro later called Mnuchin's conciliatory comments "an unfortunate soundbite".

Ross and Liu held a working dinner on Saturday.

"China will carefully evaluate the USA measures and relevant impact and retain its rights to adopt relative measures".

China on Sunday warned the United States that results of trade talks would be void if Washington went ahead with imposing tariffs on Chinese goods, as negotiations came to an end in Beijing. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said then that the trade war was "on hold".

The apparent impasse left the Trump administration with the issue of what to do about China's industrial policies.

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The European Union lodged a complaint with the World Trade Organisation last week over China's technology transfer practices, targeting a similar concern to that which has prompted the Trump administration's more unorthodox use of national security law to trigger punitive tariffs against China.

The lawmakers were trying to draft a narrowly focused bill that would require a vote in Congress to approve tariffs when the administration claims they're needed for national security, as it did for those on steel and aluminum from the top USA allies.

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