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In his address at the UN at China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke out against the US on tariffs saying, “Protectionism will only hurt oneself, and unilateral moves will bring damage to all”
This came after both Washington and Beijing raised tariffs on each other’s products, and US. President Donald Trump alleging that China has set itself to meddle in the American midterm elections
“China will not be blackmailed or yield to pressure,” Wang said, describing his country’s interest in defending global trade within the framework of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Trump has been criticizing China for not opening its markets and said that China’s way of trading is unacceptable.
But the US President’s primary cause of concern is China’s rise on the world’s economic stage under President Xi Jinping although it strictly adheres to a foreign policy of non-interference in the affairs of other countries, analysts point out.
The fast-rising economic giant has been subjected to relentless US pressure as its global profile has risen and its economic tentacles reach out from Asia through Africa and on to Europe .
A shaky Trump increased tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese good and a defiant Beijing retaliated by imposing penalties on $60 billion of American products.
The US then accused China stealing technology the field of robotics and other technologies while China accused the Trump administration of bullying, with a Chinese official saying that China won’t hold talks on ending the trade dispute while the U.S. “holds a knife” to its throat.
A day later, Trump shocked members of the Security Council when he said China was meddling in the US midterm elections. When questioned, the incumbent US President said there was ample evidence but wouldn’t or couldn’t elaborate.
China roundly rejected these accusations with the Chinese media calling the m “crazy talk” and “campaign strategy.”
During a regular briefing in Beijing with reporters later a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said:
“We advise the United States to stop this unceasing criticism and slander of China… (as) these wrong words and deeds …damage bilateral relations and the basic interests of both countries…”
This was effectively echoed by the Global Times in an editorial the crux of which read:
“The White House needs to be up front with its own party and explain that the more intense the trade war becomes, the more Republicans will find themselves the targets of China’s retaliation.”