Trump Administration Official Blames China's 'Evil Practices' for Trade War With US

Former Goldman partner Hu says Sino-US ties could destabilize global growthh if the tension continues to mount

The U.S. and China could "spend the next year developing how we deal with each other over a period of time", Lighthizer said.

Ross, in his CNBC interview, did not provide details on the Trump administration's specific demands on China, but said: "We have a pretty good idea of what we need to come out with". I look forward to being with President Xi in the not too distant future. At the time, he was also accusing China of manipulating its currency to gain an export advantage, a claim that his administration has since dropped.

Spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks in response to a question regarding the upcoming China visit by a USA delegation comprising of high-ranking trade and economic officials.

Talks would not be accepted by China with preconditions on these or other matters, the official stated. The meetings will start Thursday and the USA officials plan to head home by the weekend, though the trip could be cut short "if it's not satisfactory", he said in an interview with CNBC.

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Washington's moves, perceived by Beijing as a way to contain China's strategic ambitions in hi-tech, have not gone unnoticed.

The United States has asked China to reduce its bilateral trade surplus by $100 billion and has targeted Beijing's "Made in China 2025" initiative, which aims to upgrade the domestic manufacturing base with more advanced products.

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has said that changes to China's centralised economic system will not be a goal of the coming trade talks in Beijing later this week, but he hopes China will open itself more to foreign competition.

China, which denies it coerces technology transfers, has threatened retaliation in equal measure, including tariffs on U.S. soybeans and aircraft.

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US-based trade experts said they expected Beijing to offer Trump's team a package of policy changes that may include some previously announced moves, such as a phaseout of joint venture requirements for some sectors, autos tariff reductions and increased purchases of USA goods.

"If the USA delegation comes to China believing Beijing's resolve to open wider to the outside world is a matter of expediency under pressure from Washington, it will likely mean a lot of time is wasted setting the record straight".

But the divergent US trade delegation is likely to have differing views on the merits of such an offer.

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