China indicated that it has agreed to continue negotiation with the US even though both sides have raised tariffs on either other imports. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a regular press briefing “my understanding is that China and the United States have agreed to continue pursuing relevant discussions.” But no detail was given on the way forward. Geng just said “as for how they are pursued, I think that hinges upon further consultations between the two sides.”

Additionally, Geng warned “we hope that the U.S. side does not misjudge the situation and not underestimate China’s determination and will to safeguard its interests.” China also typically denied any accusation of their backtracking. Geng said “you absolutely can’t put the hat on China of reversing positions and going back on one’s promises.”

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