China has promised to defeat the USA in the «defensive trade war»

© AFP 2018 / Wang ZhaoФлаги USA and China. Archival photoChina has promised to defeat the USA in the «defensive trade war»© 2018 AFP / Wang Zhao

China will demonstrate their strength and win in a defensive battle for multilateral free trade if the US continues to go against the flow and act recklessly, said Tuesday the official representative of Chinese foreign Ministry Hua Chunying.

The US President Donald trump has threatened to impose trade duties, affecting Chinese exports to that country amounting to 150 billion dollars a year. Beijing announced a symmetrical response.

«If the U.S. continues to go against the flow and act recklessly, China no doubt will be ready to strongly demonstrate their strength and win in this defensive war for multilateral and free trade, and this not only to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of China, it will also be for the protection of the global multilateral trading system and order,» — said the diplomat, commenting on the differences between the two countries in trade.

She stressed that China and the United States are the largest economies in the world are tightly interconnected, so that Beijing and Washington should cooperate on the basis of respect and equality, to strive for mutually beneficial cooperation.

She also commented on the decision of the us authorities banning U.S. companies to sell to Chinese ZTE Corp. telecommunication equipment in connection with the suspicion that ZTE illegally supplies it to Iran and North Korea.

«China will closely follow developments and be ready to take the necessary measures to ensure the protection of the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies,» she said.

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