Amid an escalating war of words with the US, China says it has “already prepared” to defend its national interests in the face of US attacks on bilateral trade ties.
Chinese vice Premier Liu told US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a telephone call on Saturday that President Donald Trump’s order to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion worth of Chinese goods violates international trade rules, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
“China has already prepared, and has the strength, to defend its national interests,” Liu said, adding that China hopes “both sides will remain rational and work together.”
The call between the two top economic officials was the highest-level contact between Beijing and Washington since Trump unveiled the new pack of anti-China sanctions.
China responded to Trump’s tariffs with declaring on Friday plans to raise tariffs on a $3 billion list of US goods. Beijing also warned Washington that it is…