China has promised to take “necessary countermeasures” against the U.S. if Washington follows through on its threat to increase tariffs on Chinese goods on Friday.
The Chinese Commerce Ministry said Wednesday that Beijing will retaliate if U.S. tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods is hiked to 25% from 10%.
The post comes just hours after President Donald Trump said that Beijing officials “informed” the White House that Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will lead the country’s delegation “coming to the U.S. to make a deal.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders later reinforced Trump’s tweet, saying the Trump administration has received “indications” from the delegation that they would like to make a deal. The precise “indications” conveyed by the Chinese were not immediately clear and Sanders did not offer further detail.
Trump’s declaration that Beijing is looking to strike an agreement also followed an earlier tweet from the president, in which he claimed to know why China backed away from the negotiating table. Trump said China is hoping that, if a Democrat is elected president in the 2020 election, the new administration will abandon the aggressive trade rhetoric.
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