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China ‘shocked’ as US ramps up trade row with China

by Purvai Dua
11th Jul 18 10:26 am

Accusing the US of bullying, China said it is ‘shocked’ that the Trump administration has announced plans for fresh 10 per cent tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods.

“This is a fight between unilateralism and multilateralism, protectionism and free trade, might and rules,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told media today.

With Washington’s escalating tariff measures, Beijing also said it would be forced to take ‘countermeasures’: “In order to safeguard the core interests of the country and the fundamental interests of the people, the Chinese government as always will have no choice but to take the necessary countermeasures,” it added.

China’s commerce ministry also said that it would complain to the World Trade Organisation, but did not immediately say how it would retaliate.

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