China says it won’t fire ‘first shot’ in trade standoff with US

US President Donald Trump

Washington and Beijing are making global headlines with threats over the prospect of a trade war, but they're also hurling indirect criticisms at each other on a more subtle front: Official travel warnings cautioning their respective citizens about the dangers associated with traveling from China to the USA - or vice-versa.

Instead, the summit is expected to produce a modest communique, which affirms the commitment of both sides to the multilateral trading system and promises to set up a working group on modernizing the WTO, EU officials said.

Chinese state media has promoted the message that the European Union is on China's side. Friction has also grown over the South China Sea and Taiwan.

Beijing time is 12 hours ahead of Washington.

"If the United States implements tariffs, they will actually be adding tariffs on companies from all countries, including Chinese and USA companies", Gao said.

"China will not bow in the face of threats and blackmail", he added.

"China and European countries are natural partners". "They firmly believe that free trade is a powerful engine for global economic growth".

In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Tuesday the Chinese government was merely fulfilling its duty to warn travellers of "potential dangers". Now it is attempting to resort to an all-out trade and economic war to hold back China's normal development.

Travel and Leisure magazine's report on the alert, meanwhile, noted that China has been warning its citizens about gun violence in the USA for years.

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A statement issued by China's State Council on June 16 said that retaliatory extra duties on US$34 billion of USA imports are set to take effect on July 6.

China has issued a safety warning to its citizens travelling to the United States amid rising tensions between the sides over accusations of unfair trading practices and other disputes.

China has warned that it won't yield to Trump's pressure.

One study said the losses could reach as high as 400,000 jobs.

Gao noted that most of those exports are actually made by USA and worldwide companies in China.

A report by New York-based Rhodium Group, a research consultancy, in April showed that Chinese restrictions on foreign investment are higher in every single sector save real estate, compared to the European Union, while numerous big Chinese takeovers in the bloc would not have been possible for EU companies in China.

Recent days saw the Chinese Embassy in Washington issue a fresh security advisory to all Chinese nationals thinking about visiting America. China's plans to move rapidly to electric vehicles mean that any new benefits it offers traditional European carmakers will be fleeting.

"Public security in the United States is not good. To put it simply, the U.S.is opening fire on the entire world, including itself", he said. "It's unlikely to mark a systemic change".

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