Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

China says U.S. tariffs must be lifted for a trade deal

China says U.S. tariffs must be lifted for a trade deal

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed last month to re-start trade talks and suspend new tariffs, but they gave no time-frame for further negotiations or a deadline to strike an agreement.

Washington now has tariffs of 25 percent on $250 billion of Chinese goods, ranging from furniture to semiconductors.

United States and Chinese officials are working to schedule a top-level trade talks by telephone next week but a face-to-face encounter has not been scheduled yet, USA officials said Friday.

But Beijing has since shown no sign of softening its position, with the Commerce Ministry announcing last Thursday that any resolution would require Washington to lift the steep tariffs it imposed on Chinese imports past year. "That will happen", top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told Fox Business Network on Friday.

'I don't know if that's this coming week.

The U.S. must remove all punitive tariffs if a deal is reached between Washington and Beijing, Gao Feng, spokesperson of China's Ministry of Commerce, said Thursday. "The face-to-face may not be for another week, but I don't want to get ahead of that curve", he said.

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This is one of the US's requirements for reaching a trade deal.

"Congress' concern that Huawei could be used by the Chinese government to target United States telecommunications networks did not develop overnight", the government filing said.

Trump initiated that trade war with China last year, when he first imposed unusually heavy tariffs on imports from the country, seeking extensive structural changes from Beijing and alleging that it had engaged in intellectual property theft over many years, which China strongly denies.

Robert Strayer, the deputy assistant secretary for cyber at the US State Department, said the UK's decision represented an "unacceptable risk" to security because of its links to an "authoritarian government".

The world's largest telecommunications equipment maker and a leading smartphone brand has become a casualty of the simmering US-China trade war.

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