May 15, 2019 / 7:50 AM / 7 months ago

China says it is only taking actions in self defence in U.S. trade dispute

FILE PHOTO: People walk under U.S. and China's flags at the Forbidden City during the visit by U.S. President Donald Trump in Beijing, China November 8, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday the United States was defining the two countries’ dispute over trade as a trade war, and China was only taking action in self-defence.

Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comments at a daily news briefing in Beijing.

Reporting by Michael Martina; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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