China has no intention of interfering in US politics: Commerce ministry

China has no intention of interfering in US politics: Commerce ministry

China has no intention of interfering in U.S. politics and hopes Washington would stop finding excuses for its unilateralism and trade protectionism, the Chinese commerce ministry's spokesman said on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: A worker places U.S. and China flags near the Forbidden City ahead of a visit by U.S. P
FILE PHOTO: A worker places U.S. and China flags near the Forbidden City ahead of a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to Beijing, in Beijing, China November 8, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

BEIJING: China has no intention of interfering in U.S. politics and hopes Washington would stop finding excuses for its unilateralism and trade protectionism, the Chinese commerce ministry's spokesman said on Thursday.

Last week, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence accused China of "malign" efforts to undermine President Donald Trump ahead of next month's congressional elections. Pence also accused China of using its economic might to bully smaller countries.

China has not engaged in, and will not engage in, "economic invasion", Gao Feng, the commerce ministry's spokesman, said at a weekly briefing.

The United States and China have slapped tit-for-tat tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other's goods over the past few months in an escalating trade conflict that could knock global trade and investment.

China is open to restarting trade talks with the United States, but regrettably the U.S. side has shown no sincerity still, Gao said.

(Reporting by Stella Qiu and Ryan Woo; Editing by Michael Perry)

Source: Reuters

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