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Amid Trade Talks, China Urges U.S. to Respect Its Right to Develop, Prosper

Posted February 20, 2019

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues


The United States should respect China’s right to develop and become prosperous, the Chinese government’s top diplomat told a visiting U.S. delegation, reiterating that the country’s doors to the outside world would open wider.

The world’s two largest economies began their latest round of trade talks this week to resolve a bitter dispute in which each has levied tariffs on imports from the other.

The United States has accused China of unfair trade practices, including forced technology transfers, charges it has denied.

Respect and cooperation are the correct choice for both countries, something the international community hopes to see, State Councillor Wang Yi told the delegation of U.S. business leaders and former officials in Beijing on Tuesday.

“Just like the United States, China also has the right to development, and the Chinese people also have the right to have a good life,” the foreign ministry paraphrased Wang as saying, in a statement issued on Wednesday. Click here to read more.

Related: China Urges U.S. to Make ‘Right Choice’ Ahead of Vice Premier Liu He’s Visit to Washington for Trade Talks (Global Times)