China urges the United States to “contain its protectionist measures”
A Chinese worker cuts steel on January 18 in Qingdao, Shandong province, east of China
China on Friday urged the US to “contain” the use of protectionist measures and to “respect the rules” of international trade, after President Donald Trump announced high tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.
The Chinese government calls on the United States to “contain its use of protectionist measures and respect the rules of multilateral trade,” said Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“If other countries follow in their footsteps, this would have a serious impact on the order of world trade,” he added.
Hua reiterated the position of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce on tariffs on steel and aluminum, and recalled that the United States has adopted more than 100 measures against imports, which means “excessive protection for their national assets.”
During a meeting at the White House with representatives of the US steel industry, Trump announced that steel tariffs would amount to 25%, while tariffs on aluminum imports would be 10%.
The measure represents a new step of US protectionism and opens the door to an eventual trade war, especially with China, Canada and the European Union.