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Beijing Says Negotiations Impossible As Trump Slams ‘STUPID TRADE’ Relationship With China

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Ryan Pickrell China/Asia Pacific Reporter

China warned Monday that negotiations with the U.S. are impossible as President Donald Trump criticized the bilateral trading relationship on Twitter.

The U.S. and China are locked in a fierce and escalating trade dispute that first began early March. China imposed $3 billion in tariffs on American exports in response to the steel and aluminum tariffs Trump announced at the beginning of March. When Trump announced $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods as punishment for Chinese theft of American intellectual property, Beijing responded with a threat to hit the U.S. with reciprocal tariffs. Troubled by China’s retaliatory actions, Trump threatened China with $100 billion in additional tariffs, causing outrage in Beijing.

The president tweeted Sunday morning that China and the U.S. will eventually make a deal that benefits both countries.

But, on Monday, the president lashed out, criticizing America’s trading relationship with China.

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang, reiterating points made by the Ministry of Commerce last week, argued Monday that the U.S. is responsible for trade tensions and that the current situation makes trade talks impossible.

Washington and Beijing have yet to move forward with the hard-hitting tariffs on tens of billions of dollars in exports they have been threatening, which may suggest that a peaceful solution is still a possibility.

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