August 23, 2018 / 7:30 AM / in 8 months

China hopes to reach a good result in trade talks with U.S.

FILE PHOTO: A worker places U.S. and China flags near the Forbidden City ahead of a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to Beijing, in Beijing, China November 8, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday that China hopes to reach a good result in trade talks with the United States, and that it hopes the United States can meet China halfway.

Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the comments at a daily news briefing, after the two countries escalated their acrimonious trade war, implementing punitive 25 percent tariffs on $16 billion (12.42 billion pounds) worth of the other’s goods.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Writing by Michael Martina; Editing by Kim Coghill

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