China calls for U.S. to step up trade war with China
China has called for the United States to step back from its trade war, after President Donald Trump accused Beijing of trying to “sabotage” American businesses.
In a series of tweets, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the United Nations Security Council must not “mislead” it and called for a “serious and constructive dialogue” with Washington over the trade issue.
“If the United Nation fails to understand and understand the basic situation and does not understand the serious and constructive efforts of China and its U.N. ambassador to the U.K., it is only the beginning,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.
“The U.s. should take immediate steps to step-up the dialogue.”
China is the world’s second-largest economy, with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $US10.8 trillion ($14.3 trillion) in 2017.
The United States has been accused of being a party to the dispute.
Trump, who has been critical of China, said on Tuesday he would move to impose tariffs on goods and services from the country if China does not agree to pay a $US70 billion ($92 billion) compensation for a wave of Chinese imports.
He also said the United Kingdom would have to pay the full amount and threatened to withdraw its diplomatic mission from the United State if it did not.
In his first tweet on Wednesday, Trump said “the U.n.
Security Council has a duty to act.
It must stop the sabotage, not make the U,s., president look like a pariah, and it must act to save lives.””
It is time for the Security Council to act to stop the U.,s., President’s sabotage of American jobs and the livelihoods of U. s. workers,” the White House said in a statement.”
The U.,S., government must do its part to stop this sabotage,” it said.