August 23, 2019 / 5:08 PM / a month ago

U.S. Chamber of Commerce rejects Trump call on business with China

FILE PHOTO: Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce speaks during a meeting with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (not pictured) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, China February 19, 2019. Wu Hong/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce rebuffed President Donald Trump’s call Friday that U.S. businesses begin immediately looking for alternatives for operations in China after China said it was imposing new retaliatory tariffs.

“While we share the president’s frustration, we believe that continued, constructive engagement is the right way forward,” said Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of international Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce in a statement, urging both sides to quickly reach a trade deal. “Time is of the essence. We do not want to see a further deterioration of US-China relations.”

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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