BEIJING (AP) --
China's government on Thursday denied President Xi Jinping's promise of
market-opening measures this week was aimed at settling a tariff dispute
with Washington and said negotiations are impossible under "unilateral
coercion" by the United States.
A commerce ministry
spokesman, Gao Feng, complained U.S. President Donald Trump's government has
"shown no sincerity," according to the official Xinhua News Agency. Gao said
the two sides have yet to start negotiations.
complaints that Trump acted improperly when he responded to Beijing's
protest over his plan to raise tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods by
saying he might add another $100 billion of imports to the list.
coercion, it is impossible for the Chinese side to conduct any
negotiations," Gao was paraphrased as saying.
tariff hike was a response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures foreign
companies to hand over technology. China has responded with its own $50
billion list of U.S. goods for retaliation if Washington goes ahead with the
Gao denied Xi was
making an overture to Washington when he announced plans in a speech Tuesday
to cut import duties on autos, ease restrictions on foreign ownership in
China's auto industry and make other market-opening changes.
Share prices of
global automakers rose on investor hopes their China operations, while some
economists said the positive tone of Xi's comments might provide a basis for
talks with Washington.
"The measures to
increase opening announced by China are a major decision to open to the
outside and have nothing to do with Chinese-U.S. trade frictions," Gao was
paraphrased as saying.