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Negotiations "cannot be implemented under the threat of application of tariffs".

The White Paper minimized the threat China's high tech industry poses to the USA, clarifying that most of China's exports are low-end or middle-end consumer goods and finished products assembled in China.

China's leaders offered to narrow their politically sensitive, multibillion-dollar trade surplus with the United States by purchasing more natural gas and other American exports. The spat between the USA and China further encouraged the markets to move to the United States dollar over gold.

United States activated tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods that have scuttled their bilateral talks.

Officials in Beijing said they planned to step up support for harmed industries and companies as they seek to offset the trade war's effects.

The US companies now have to pay 25 percent tax for steel and 10 percent tax for aluminum if they want to import from those countries, according to Trump's new tariffs.

Production is dropping in some OPEC countries - like Iran, which is crippled by US sanctions - and there is only so much that other nations, like Saudi Arabia, can do without shaking the balance of power in the cartel. Beijing continued to try to occupy the moral high ground on the trade issue and globalisation in general while portraying the U.S. as the economic aggressor and China as the undeserving victim.

The latest batch of Chinese imports to be hit will face 10 percent tariffs through the end of the year, and then the rate will jump to 25 percent.

Chinese government officials said the door remains open to the U.S.to resolve intensifying trade tensions, but added that the ball is in U.S. President Donald Trump's court and Beijing will not negotiate under duress.

This week the United States sanctioned a Chinese military procurement organisation, drawing a sharp protest from Beijing and a decision to postpone planned military talks.

"The import of Japanese and German cars is increasing in the Chinese market, while the import of U.S. cars is declining".

A Chinese official recently voiced his view on the trade conflict with the US, saying Washington is putting a "knife to their neck".

The US administration "has brazenly preached unilateralism, protectionism and economic hegemony, making false accusations against many countries and regions, particularly China, intimidating other countries through economic measures such as imposing tariffs", Xinhua quoted the State Council's white paper as saying.

Envoys last met August 22 in Washington but reported no progress.

Most countries affected by the USA tariffs have responded back in kind.

The white paper, "Facts on China-U.S".

Walmart, the world's biggest retailer, also warned of the "detrimental impact" to consumers if tariffs were imposed on a number of products, but many of those, like handbags, suitcases, haircare products, dog food and dog leashes, remained on the final list.

In contrast, China is placing an additional 5% duty on United States products including smaller aircraft, computers and textiles, and an extra 10% on goods such as chemicals, meat, wheat and wine.