Belgian expert: US trade policy "unilateral"

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Added On May 19, 2019

 A Belgian expert says the new U.S. policy towards China is “a unilateral policy", while China has “played more and more on a multilateral basis”.

 
Bernard Dewit is the chairman of the Belgian-Chinese Economic and Commercial Council.
 
He said imposing punitive tariffs is a unilateral move by the U.S. showing the country's disrespect for the WTO and other international trade rules.
 
SOUNDBITE (English): BERNARD DEWIT, Chairman of Belgian-Chinese Economic and Commercial Council:
 
“normally you should respect the mechanism of the WTO, when there is a conflict, you should pass through the mechanism put in place by WTO, so we are little bit afraid by the new policy in the United States which is a unilateral policy, and not multilateral, while on the contrary, China these last 20 years played more and more on multilateral basis, which I think is a good thing.
 
Dewit said Europe is enhancing its relationship with China by upholding the principles of mutual respect, mutual benefit and fair competition. 
SOUNDBITE (English): BERNARD DEWIT, Chairman of Belgian-Chinese Economic and Commercial Council:
 
"I think what Europe is trying to find is a way in further discussing with the Chinese, it is true, we have some preoccupation, we tell it to the Chinese, and the Chinese can have also some preoccupations towards us, and it is in the discussion that we can try to find a mutually acceptable solution."