Door to talks with US always open: China

A paramilitary policeman keeps watch underneath the portrait of former Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, China, on June 4, 2018.
A paramilitary policeman keeps watch underneath the portrait of former Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, China, on June 4, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

China yesterday said its door to dialogue is always open in principle, a day after warning the United States against implementing tariffs on Chinese goods.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry's comments came after the two countries ended their latest round of trade talks on Sunday without making a public statement. The US and China have threatened tit-for-tat tariffs on goods worth up to US$150 billion (S$200 billion) each as US President Donald Trump presses China to further open up its economy.

China also yesterday lashed out at the US over Washington's call for Beijing to disclose how many people were killed in the crackdown on the 1989 pro-democracy protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 05, 2018, with the headline 'Door to talks with US always open: China'. Print Edition | Subscribe