A White House statement on May 29 about tariffs on Chinese exports clearly contradicts the consensus reached recently by the two countries in Washington, D.C., a Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) spokesperson said.
The White House statement renewed the U.S. threat to place 25-percent tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, revealing plans to target cutting-edge technologies, the Associated Press reported.
MOFCOM said that while the White House’s tactical statement was unexpected it does not come as a surprise.
“Whatever measures the United States takes, China has the confidence, capability and experience to defend the interests of the Chinese people and the core interests of the country,” MOFCOM said on its website.
China has urged the United States to meet it halfway, in line with the recent bilateral joint statement, the spokesperson said.