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The announcement, however, did not mention Mr. Trump's latest round of tariffs aimed at Chinese-made goods, which the White House said Thursday was punishment for China's use of pressure and intimidation to obtain American technology and trade secrets. "It is impossible to imagine that they can not", Robert Carnell, head of Asia Pacific Research at ING in Singapore, wrote in a client note.

"The "feel good" language about mutually beneficial cooperation is meant to benefit autocratic states at the expense of people whose human rights and fundamental freedoms we are all obligated as states to respect", he said.

But Beijing on Friday also unveiled a hit list of products that could face duties of up to 25 percent, from fresh fruit to pork and wine, though it stopped short of pulling the trigger as it indicated its readiness to negotiate an agreement.

"It is clear that China is attempting through this resolution to weaken the United Nations human rights system and the norms underpinning it", Mack said.

State media in China responded in similarly robust fashion.

China's retaliation against the USA tariffs on steel and aluminium appeared restrained.

He also accused a U.S. probe into Chinese intellectual property practices of violating worldwide trade rules.


China on Friday warned the United States that it is "not afraid of a trade war" while threatening to impose tariffs amounting to Dollars 3 billion on the U.S. goods in retaliation to steel and aluminium tariffs imposed by the US. Ever since his presidential campaign he has threatened to pull the US out of the body. USA businesses purchasing materials from China will either have to absorb additional costs or change their sourcing strategy.

"Even free traders and internationalists agree China's predatory trade practices, which include forcing U.S. businesses to transfer valuable technology to Chinese firms and restricting access to Chinese markets, are undermining both its partners and the trading system", it said. "We feel that focusing on reciprocal treatment while maintaining strong communications between the governments will be the best path forward to get to our goal of a level playing field based on fairness".

"We're very concerned about what might happen as far as a tariff", he said.

In a follow-up statement, a ministry official said China would "take all necessary measures" to defend its rights and interests. This is the Trump Administration's third WTO consultation request.

"It's remarkable how badly Xi Jinping has mishandled and damaged the U.S".

Apple chief executive Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and IBM Corp chairwoman and CEO Ginny Rometty are scheduled to attend the China Development Forum, an annual gathering that helps Western corporations build relationships with Chinese government officials.

The technology industry fears increased duties on U.S. "There are many political factors behind this, such as the fight for [global] leadership and the conflict over ideologies".


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