‘China ready for further US trade talks’ | 2019-05-23 | daily-sun.com

‘China ready for further US trade talks’

23 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

WASHINGTON: Beijing is ready to resume trade talks with Washington, China's ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai said, as a top U.S. business lobby in China said nearly half its members are seeing non-tariff barrier retaliation in China due to the trade war.

No further trade talks between top Chinese and U.S. negotiators have been scheduled since the last round ended in a stalemate on May 10, the same day U.S. President Donald Trump sharply increased tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese goods and took steps to levy duties on all remaining Chinese imports, report agencies.

Acrimony has intensified since Washington last week blacklisted Chinese telecom equipment company Huawei, a potentially devastating blow for the company that has rattled technology supply chains and investors.

Another big Chinese tech firm, video surveillance equipment maker Hikvision Digital Technology Co Ltd, could also face limits on its ability to buy U.S. technology, the New York Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter, sending the firm's Shenzhen-listed shares 10 per cent lower at the opening on Wednesday.

Negotiations between the United States and China have soured dramatically since early May, when Chinese officials sought major changes to the text of a proposed deal that the Trump administration says had been largely agreed.

But speaking to Fox News Channel, Chinese Ambassador to Washington Cui Tiankai said Beijing was still open for talks.

"China remains ready to continue our talks with our American colleagues to reach a conclusion. Our door is still open," Cui said on Tuesday.

He blamed the U.S. side for frequently "changing its mind" on tentative deals to end U.S.-China trade disputes.

Cui turned the tables and said it was U.S. negotiators that had abruptly backed away from some previous deals that had been tentatively agreed over the past year.


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