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China says will not give in to US ‘blackmail’

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has stated that his country would not surrender to mounting US pressure, assuring world nations that despite the tensions between Beijing and Washington there was “no cause for panic.”

Washington and Beijing imposed new tariffs on each other after US President Donald Trump launched a trade war against China promising the move would improve the ailing US economy.

“Regarding trade frictions, China stands for a proper settlement based on rules and consensus through dialogue and consultation on an equal footing. China will not be blackmailed or yield to pressure,” China’s top diplomat said speaking to representatives of world nations at the United Nations General Assembly on Friday.

“Protectionism will only hurt oneself, and unilateral moves will bring damage to all,” Wang added.

Wang earlier told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York that concrete actions had to be taken to maintain relations between the United States and China.

“The closer our engagement, the more closely entwined our interests, maybe various suspicions and even frictions may ensue,” Wang said. “This is not surprising and it is also no cause for panic.”

He gave assurance that Beijing had no plan to take the place of the United States.

“I don’t think China will become the United States and China will not challenge the United States, still less will China take the place of the United States,” he said.

He dismissed any suggestion there was forced technology transfer from foreign firms in China and he played down complaints by some US firms about market conditions in China, saying they did not represent the majority.

What is important is how these differences should be viewed, evaluated and handled,” Wang said.

Wang said China and Russia were expanding ties as the two countries had common international interests.