China slams 'reckless' USA trade threats

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The Trump administration said Tuesday that it plans to shorten the length of validity of some visas issued to Chinese citizens as part of a push to counter alleged theft of US intellectual property by Beijing.

This reductions may help the two nations reach a consensus at trade talks scheduled for this weekend.

"Right now, we have agreed to put the tariffs on hold while we try to execute the framework", the Treasury secretary added".

She said that in worldwide relations, going back on one's word is a loss and squandering of the credibility of one's country.

But Chinese media had noted that the deal with the U.S. could see some Australian imports sidelined, including beef and wine, which had gained preferential access under Australia's Free Trade Agreement with China.

China's Ministry of Commerce responded in a mild fashion Tuesday.

It comes as Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross prepares to travel to Beijing this week for another round of talks aimed at resolving the conflict.

The latest step follows a March report by the US Trade Representative Office, which undertook a seven-month investigation of China's handling of technology transfers and intellectual property, according to the White House's statement. "These trade tensions are not beneficial for anybody". This was a "win-win" because it would reduce the trade deficit while providing high-quality products that Chinese consumers need, he said.

"Trump is insane. crazy tactics might work, though", the person added. The State Department said that under the new policy, US consular officers may limit how long visas are valid, rather than the usual practice of issuing them for the maximum possible length.

"The thinking became that if the USA doesn't have any leverage and there is no pressure on our Chinese friends, then we will not have serious negotiations".

"But that means the United States' credibility is incredibly low", he said.

State news agency Xinhua said China hoped that the United States would not act impulsively but stood ready to fight to protect its own interests. Amid that revelation, Trump swooped in to the rescue, on May 15, seeking to spare ZTE from its zombie state as part of the ongoing negotiations with China over trade. Also on Tuesday, a White House official said the U.S.

That appeared to be a reversal of earlier statements by USA officials that the trade dispute would be put on hold while the two countries carried on negotiations.

In response, China says it has the confidence, capability and experience to defend the interests of Chinese people and the core interests of the country.

The message behind the tariffs on Tuesday could be "directed as much to a domestic political audience as it is to the Chinese government", Altbach said.

"Conflicting messages coming from the administration is causing whiplash for American companies that are focused on growing the economy and creating jobs here at home", the Virginia-based Retail Industry Leaders Association said in an emailed statement.