April 11, 2018 / 7:35 AM / 10 months ago

China says Xi's pledge to further open economy and lower tariffs unrelated to U.S. trade tensions

Reporters at media centre of Boao Forum for Asia watch Chinese President Xi Jinping delivering his speech at the annual forum, in Boao, in the southern Chinese province of Hainan, China April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Joseph Campbell

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that President Xi Jinping’s pledge to further open the country’s economy and lower import tariffs on certain products were unrelated to China-U.S. trade tensions.

Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comment at a daily news briefing, adding that China’s opening up ran to its own timetable and cannot be influenced by outside forces.

Reporting by Michael Martina; Writing by Philip Wen; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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