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Sep 25, 2018 07:18 PM
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U.S. Holding Knife to China’s Throat Over Trade, Official Says

A cargo ship carrying shipping containers is docked at the Port of Los Angeles  on Sept. 18. Photo: VCG
A cargo ship carrying shipping containers is docked at the Port of Los Angeles on Sept. 18. Photo: VCG

Chinese government officials said the door remains open to the U.S. to resolve intensifying trade tensions, but added that the ball is in U.S. President Donald Trump’s court and Beijing will not negotiate under duress.

“The U.S. side has imposed such huge trade restrictions (on China), it’s like having a knife held to one’s throat,” Wang Shouwen, vice minister of commerce and deputy China international trade representative, said at a news conference in Beijing on Tuesday. “How can talks proceed? We wouldn’t be negotiating or having consultations on an equal footing.”

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