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Beijing warns US against any attempt to negotiate from positions of strength

UNITED STATES / CHINA (OBSERVATORY) – According to Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng, China has prepared retaliatory measures against any unilateral protectionist move by the United States. This is a message sent to the US delegation in Beijing on Wednesday, May 2, said Chinese and Russian experts in an interview with Sputnik.

The US delegation to trade negotiations with China must prepare for constructive steps instead of trying to blackmail the partner or give him ultimatums, have deciphered this message Sputnik’s interlocutors.

“Since he came to power, Trump has been trying to hinder China’s development in the high-tech field by all means, […] but in the era of globalization, the United States can only control itself. themselves, “said Li Kai, Shanxi’s China Financial University.

And to add that the Americans would fail to fail in all their efforts to prevent the technological progress of China.

“One of Beijing’s priority tasks in the negotiations with the United States is to bring the settlement of trade disputes back to the World Trade Organization (WTO),” Li said.

Another Sputnik interlocutor, the Russian expert Mikhail Belayev, said it was unlikely that the United States could dictate anything to the Beijing talks.

“Of course we should not overstate the fact that the US delegation came for negotiations in Beijing. This does not mean that China has already achieved its goal, but it shows that it is moving in that direction. On the other hand, it shows that despite its reverberating hegemonic declarations, America is forced to count on realities and moderate its excessive ambitions,” said Beliaev.

While public opinion around the world wonders if the trade war between China and the United States could be avoided, the US President is not afraid to engage in a showdown to bend the Asian giant. In the meantime, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has arrived in Beijing to put Washington’s litigation on the table.

The high-level delegation – which also includes Trade Secretary Wilbur Ross, Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow – arrived in China on Wednesday. The four men are due to meet their Chinese counterparts on May 3 for “frank discussions,” as Mr. Mnuchin put it.

For its part, Beijing blamed the United States for the trade tensions between the two countries and added that the measures taken by the Trump administration were of concern to the entire international community.