China has repeatedly accused countries outside the region - generally a reference to the United States and Japan - of trying to provoke trouble in the South China Sea while China and its neighbours are trying to resolve the matter through diplomacy.
While China's role could lose more than USA in a possible trade war because it is one who records surplus, Capital Economics consultancy recalls that United States has very few destinations to go to if it wants to stop buying from China, because Asian giant is by far world's largest supplier of several of products that United States acquires. A $1 billion reduction is a drop in the bucket considering the fact that the US trade deficit with China in 2017 was $375 million.
While Beijing has launched warning shots-like trade investigations into USA goods such as sorghum, and hinted it could even take on soybeans, its largest US import-officials have worked to find a peaceful resolution.
China, which produces half the world's steel, will assess any damage caused by the USA move and "firmly defend its legitimate rights and interests", the country's Ministry of Commerce said.
"The Chinese dragon and Indian elephant must not fight each other but dance with each other", he had said, adding that "if China and India are united, one plus one is not equal to two but eleven".
Beijing, Mar 8 China wants an eight-nation group it and Russian Federation have dominated for its two-decade existence to be more active in regional and global diplomacy and will push to facilitate that at the group's next summit, foreign minister Wang Yi said today.
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Trump is also considering potential trade sanctions against China under a "section 301" investigation into its intellectual property practices and pressure on foreign companies for technology transfers. "We can not allow this to happen as it has for many years!" Trump tweeted hours before Wang took the stage in Beijing. "We must act soon!" the president said in his tweet Wednesday.
President Xi Jinping sent his top economic aide, Liu He, to Washington to discuss trade issues last week on the heels of a similar visit by state councilor Yang Jiechi last month. In Beijing, officials continue to search for a way out.
Trade data released by China's customs administration on Thursday shows its massive trade surplus with the US -the root of Trump's ire-is far from finding a more even level.
The US president was expected to approve the 25% levy on steel and 10% on aluminium imports this week, possibly as early as Thursday.
The movement is not aimed only at China, but nobody escapes that Beijing can be one of main goals of protectionist darts of Trump in future considering that Asian giant is biggest responsible for bulky deficit American commercial.
The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the trade deficit rose to $56.6 billion in January, up 5 percent from $53.9 billion in December and the highest since October 2008's $60.2 billion trade gap.