'Patient' China will fight trade war to the end: People's Daily

A Chinese flag flutters in front of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 27, 2019.
A Chinese flag flutters in front of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 27, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

SHANGHAI • China has the strength and patience to withstand the trade war and will fight to the end if the US administration persists with it, China's state-run People's Daily said in an editorial yesterday.

The United States must drop all tariffs imposed on China if it wants to negotiate on trade and only an equal dialogue can resolve the issue and lead to a win-win situation, the newspaper said.

The paper, a mouthpiece for the ruling Chinese Communist Party, said the US had failed to take into account the interests of its own people and they are paying higher costs because of the trade dispute.

"Wielding a big stick of tariffs" also disregards the condition of the US economy and the international economic order, according to the editorial.

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Japan next weekend to discuss the trade war between their two countries.

Mr Trump has repeatedly asserted that tariffs on Chinese imports are paid by China, not US consumers - in defiance of the consensus of economists.

If Washington chooses to talk, "then it must show some good faith, take account of key concerns from both sides and cancel all tariffs", said the paper.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 23, 2019, with the headline ''Patient' China will fight trade war to the end: People's Daily'. Print Edition | Subscribe