June 19, 2018 / 3:32 PM / 5 months ago

White House's Navarro - no progress after trade talks with China

FILE PHOTO: Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative, and Peter Navarro chat while they wait for U.S. President Donald Trump to arrive to make an announcement about new tariffs for steel and aluminum imports at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 8, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said on Tuesday that multiple rounds of talks between U.S. and Chinese officials had not yielded progress over a growing trade dispute, spurring tariffs that he said were needed to defend U.S. interests.

“Our phone lines are open, they have always been open,” Navarro told reporters on a conference call.

“The fundamental reality is that talk is cheap. ... The president has taken action on behalf of the American people and it’s a necessary defence of the crown jewels of American technology and intellectual property against Chinese theft.”

Reporting by Jeff Mason, David Lawder and Lindsay Dunsmuir; Editing by Will Dunham

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