CHINA Unreasonable US requests blamed for stalled trade talks: Chinese FM

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Unreasonable US requests blamed for stalled trade talks: Chinese FM

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17:23, May 20, 2019

US should be blamed for the stalemate in the trade talks, a Chinese spokesperson said Monday, in response to US President Donald Trump’s claims that China broke a deal.

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Lu Kang, spokesman of Chinese Foreign Ministry, said at regular briefing that Beijing has no clue about what deal Trump was referring to.

He stressed that the US was seeking unreasonable benefits by imposing massive pressure on China, which is the underlying reason that the 11th round of negotiations and consultations in Washington ended without a deal.

In an interview with Fox News aired on Sunday, Trump claimed the US and China had a “very strong” and “good” deal, but China changed it. 

“I don’t know what ‘deal’ the US side was talking about. Probably there is a ‘deal’ the US side desires but it’s surely not a thing China has agreed to,” said Lu.

Lu said the international community recognizes the constructive and sincere manner of China in all trade talks so far, and it would be futile to make China a scapegoat for the market turbulence and criticism due to the escalation of trade frictions between the world’s largest economies. 

Only when both sides take the trade talks along the track of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit can there be a hope for a deal, Lu said. 

(Compiled by Chen Lidan)

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