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China warns U.S. against starting ‘trade war’

China rebukes comments from Trump aide Steve Bannon that two countries are engaged in ‘economic war’


 
US President Donald Trump (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) walk together at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, April 7, 2017. President Donald Trump entered a second day of talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Friday hoping to strike deals on trade and jobs after an overnight show of strength in Syria. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) walk together at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, April 7, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

BEIJING – China’s government on Thursday warned “there is no winner in a trade war” after an aide to President Donald Trump called in published comments for a tougher stance toward Beijing.

A foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, appealed for dialogue to preserve stable relations when asked about the comments by Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon.

In comments to The American Prospect posted online, Bannon said the United States is in an “economic war” with China. He recommended pursuing a trade investigation of Beijing’s technology policies and anti-dumping action over Chinese exports of steel and aluminum.

“There is no winner in a trade war,” Hua said at a regular news briefing. “We hope the relevant people can refrain from dealing with a problem in the 21st century with a zero-sum mentality from the 19th or the 20th century.”

Hua appealed for dialogue to “preserve the sound and steady growth of China-U.S. relations.”

On Monday, Trump instructed U.S. trade officials to look into whether to launch a formal investigation into whether Beijing improperly requires foreign companies to hand over technology as a condition of market access.

The Chinese government criticized that as a violation of the spirit of global trade rules. It warned it will take “all appropriate measures” if Chinese companies are hurt.


 

China warns U.S. against starting ‘trade war’

  1. No that would be a very bad idea, so I’ve no doubt Trump will pursue it.

  2. Interesting how Maclean’s ignores the growing border war between India & China.
    Shots fired, no sound.

    • Low grade ‘war’……been going on since the 60s

    • You have any idea what a ‘human wave’ attack looks like – coming over the Himalayas? Like Yetis, lots and lots of Yetis.

  3. So how would a trade war work? They can’t buy any ‘sharp’ cars or ship out any of the raw materials they own, and we can’t get any I-phones , or cheap electronics and all the Dollar Stores go tits-up? That sounds like a real ‘ball-breaker’. For us.