China says 'no information' on US trade team trip to Beijing

Chinese shipping containers beside a US flag at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach, California, on May 14, 2019. PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - China said on Thursday (May 16) it "does not have information on the US plan" to come to Beijing to continue trade talks amid escalating trade tensions between the two giants.

In negotiations last week in Washington, "both sides had frank and open and productive talks, but in a very regrettable move, the American side unilaterally continues to escalate the trade friction causing a serious setback for China-US economic and trade negotiations", said Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng.

French President Emmanuel Macron warned on Thursday about the danger of a "technological war or a trade war" between the US and China as the countries clash over Chinese telecoms group Huawei.

"Our perspective is not to block Huawei or any company, it is to preserve our national security and European sovereignty," Mr Macron told reporters at the Vivatech trade show in Paris.

"But I think launching now a technological war or a trade war vis-a-vis any other country is not appropriate."

"First it is not the best way to defend your national security - we don't need it - second, it is not the best way to develop your own ecosystem and have a world of cooperation and decrease tensions," he added.

Mr Trump stepped up Washington's battle against Huawei on Wednesday, effectively barring the telecom titan from the US market and adding it to a list which would restrict US sales to the firm.

"We urge the US to stop its incorrect actions... to avoid doing additional harm to China-US economic and trade relations," Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said at a weekly press briefing on Thursday.

US officials have been trying to persuade allies not to allow China a role in building next-generation 5G mobile networks, saying the state-controlled firm poses a security risk.

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