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China says still talking with US on trade

AFP  |  Beijing 

China's said Sunday that and are still holding economic talks as he warned that a trade war would harm both nations.

Xi Jinping's top economic advisor, Liu He, held trade discussions with US officials at the earlier this month but the meetings yielded few breakthroughs.

US has since announced tariffs on and aluminium imports, drawing threats of retaliation from and other nations.

"We are continuing our discussions," said during a press conference held on the sidelines of the annual parliamentary session underway in

"Because no one is willing to start a trade war, and everyone knows trade wars hurt others without helping themselves," Zhong said.

That may not reflect the current mood in Last week, Trump tweeted the US could win a trade war.

Zhong also took issue with the statistics behind the trade imbalance -- which showed a record $375.2 billion US deficit with during Trump's first year in office.

He cited research that he said showed the figure for the surplus in China's favour overstated by roughly 20 percent and said that if the US dropped restrictions on to it would further reduce the surplus by 35 percent.

"There is still much for us to do, one side cannot call the shots, we need to work hard together," Zhong said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 10:40 IST