July 5, 2018 / 7:53 AM / 8 months ago

China says no one wants a trade war

FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags are set up for a meeting during a visit by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at China's Ministry of Transport in Beijing, China April 27, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - No one wants a trade war, China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday, adding that the country was not provoking one, ahead of the start date of July 6 set by the United States to levy tariffs on $34 billion (25.7 billion pounds) of Chinese imports.

The United States is very clear about China’s position on the trade issue, ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a daily news briefing.

Reporting by Christian Shepherd; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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