Beijing still open to talks, but will not bow to tariffs: China Daily

ith China retaliating in kind to the United States hiking the existing “punitive” tariffs on Chinese go

ods, the world was not left long in suspense wondering how Beijing would react to Washington putt

ing the kibosh on what was evidently an impending trade deal in such a high-handed manner.

With hindsight, it is easy to see that despite the product

ive efforts of the two negotiating teams, such a scenario was perhaps inevitable.

The US administration has made it clear on more than one occasion

that it wants to halt China‘s development in its tracks and therefore it is questionable whether it

has any real interest in striking a trade deal that is not tilted entirely to its advantage.

While Beijing, on its part, has consistently responded to Washin

gton’s attempts to turn the screws on it by each time giving it a sharp rap across the knuckles.

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