China: US unilateral escalation of trade disputes hurts consultations

Added On May 18, 2019

China's Ministry of Commerce says the United States has continuously and unilaterally been escalating trade disputes and caused serious setbacks in the China-U.S. trade talks.
The United States on Monday started the procedure of increasing additional tariffs on around 300 billion U.S. dollars worth of Chinese goods.
The Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Gao Feng called the move "bullying behavior by the United States" and an extreme-pressure trick against multilateral trading rules and said China is firmly opposed to it.
Gao said if the U.S. side insists on raising tariffs, China will be forced to respond accordingly.
He also said China does not have any knowledge of the U.S. side's plan to come to China for consultation.