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China bemoans U.S. 'bullying' of Huawei

23 May 2019

Spokesman Lu Kang said Thursday that China hopes for a restart to talks that broke down earlier this month after the US hiked tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports.

Mr Trump lifted levies on $200bn worth of Chinese imports into the U.S. from 10% to 25% more than a week ago after Washington and Beijing failed to reach a deal on trade.

"There won't be any decision probably for another 30 to 45 days", Mnuchin said in a hearing before the US House of Representatives Financial Services Committee. The Asian nation had put up a fearless front throughout the course of the skirmish, but in a stunning development, the Chinese President Xi Jinping has told his countrymen that they must prepare for harder times ahead.

In the latest salvo in the escalating trade war between the United States and China, the Chinese government said Wednesday it would give huge corporate tax breaks to domestic chip makers and software developers.

"I'm still hopeful we can get back to the table".

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The Trump administration initiated the trade row previous year and began slapping tariffs on imports from China, in a bid to extract major economic concessions from Beijing.

The Bureau of Industry and Security of the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier put Huawei and its affiliates on an "Entity List", which restricts the sale or transfer of U.S. technologies to the company.

The move is a potentially devastating blow for the company that has rattled technology supply chains and investors.

No talks between top Chinese and United States negotiators have been scheduled since the end of two days of discussions in Washington on May 10, the same day Trump imposed the higher levies on Chinese goods.

The Chinese government's top diplomat Wang Yi said on Wednesday that China's door would always be open to further trade talks with the United States, but added that Beijing would not accept any unequal agreements.

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"It is time to bring this trade war to an end", the firms urged.

"If the USA would like to continue to talk, it should show its sincerity and correct its wrong actions", said Gao Feng, spokesman for China's Ministry of Commerce. Mobile said they were pausing the launch of Huawei smartphones, including some that can be used on next generation mobile networks, amid uncertainty about the devices from the world's No. 2 smartphone maker.A security group dominated by Moscow and Beijing, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization also includes Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan. "But if the United States opts for a policy of maximum pressure, then China will take them on and fight to the end", he said.

It's rare for the International Monetary Fund to disagree with its largest shareholder, and the paper was released just as the rhetoric in Trump's trade war with China reaches a boiling point. "To say they [Huawei] don't work with the Chinese government is a false statement".

It also said two-fifths of respondents were considering relocating or had already relocated manufacturing facilities outside of China. "The best response to the USA bullying is that Chinese firms continue to grow stronger". Of the almost 250 respondents to the survey, which was conducted after the latest round of tariffs, nearly three-quarters said the levies were hurting their competitiveness.

US soybean exports to China have fallen by more than 80 percent in the past year after China imposed retaliatory tariffs and switched to buying soybeans from Brazil and Argentina. Equity markets have come under pressure this month amid the escalation in US-China trade talks.

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China bemoans U.S. 'bullying' of Huawei