Strained relations: US and Chinese officials meet in Beijing as trade tariff row continues
Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, and Wang Li, the Chinese foreign minister, hold a joint press conference at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People yesterday.
Despite the bouquets, the meeting was strained at times, with the Chinese government renewing its threat to scrap deals with Washington aimed at defusing a heated trade dispute.
US president Donald Trump has threatened to raise tariffs on Chinese goods in response to complaints about Beijing’s trade surplus. The White House is due to issue a list of of Chinese goods targeted for a 25 per cent tariff.