Tariff war: US accused of 'mobster mentality'

Chinese state media accuses the United States of a “mobster mentality” in its move to implement additional tariffs on Chinese goods, and warns Beijing had all the necessary means to fight back.
An employee works on a carbon fiber production line at a factory in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province, on Aug 9, 2018.
An employee works on a carbon fiber production line at a factory in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province, on Aug 9, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

China has no choice but to fight back, warns state media, as it urges Beijing to get creative to overcome challenges

China's state media, ramping up the rhetoric against the United States' latest tariff move, has warned that Beijing is ready to fight back against Washington's "mobster mentality".

The increasingly shrill tone suggests a ratcheting up of trade tensions between the world's two largest economies, whose sectors from steel to soya beans have already been hit by reciprocal tariffs.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2018, with the headline 'Tariff war: US accused of 'mobster mentality''. Print Edition | Subscribe