China rejects US trade complaint, Washington criticizes
China rejects US trade complaint, Washington criticizes

China rejects US trade complaint, Washington criticizes

BEIJING (AP) – China on Thursday rejected a US accusation that Beijing is not meeting its market opening obligations in a new round of complaints, while companies wait for the two governments to restart negotiations to end a customs war.

The Ministry of Commerce criticized the Biden administration for saying it was developing new ways of dealing with Chinese trade tactics.

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said Wednesday that Beijing has “expanded its state-led, non-market approach” instead of making market-opening promises when it joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

That complaint is “completely contrary to the facts,” said a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce, Gao Feng.

“There are many different market economy models,” Gao said at a news briefing.

President Joe Biden has said he wants a better relationship with Beijing, but he has not yet said what he will do with tariff increases imposed by his predecessor, Donald Trump, on Chinese imports. Envoys from the two sides have spoken on the phone since Biden took office in January 2020, but have announced that there are no plans to meet.

Washington is exploring new ways to use “domestic trade tools” to “achieve more equal terms with China,” the Thai office said in a report to Congress.

“The United States should make its trading tools in line with WTO rules instead of adopting a different set, pursuing unilateralism, protectionism and bullying in the name of seeking a new strategy,” Gao said.

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