China’s government says it will “counterattack with great strength” if President Trump goes ahead with plans to raise U.S. tariffs on an additional $100 billion worth of Chinese goods.
A Commerce Ministry spokesman said that negotiations were impossible after Trump responded to Beijing’s protests about his earlier plan to raise duties on $50 billion of Chinese goods by announcing more possible tariff hikes. The spokesman, Gao Feng, said at a news conference: “If the U.S. side announces the list of products for $100 billion in tariffs, the Chinese side has fully prepared and will without hesitation counterattack with great strength.”
No details were given on what measures Beijing might take.
Gao said, “under these circumstances, the two sides cannot possibly conduct any negotiations about this issue.”