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Ahead of Trade Talks, China Says It Won’t Submit to U.S. ‘Threats’

  • Chinese official says political system helps it in a trade war
  • U.S. should not make unreasonable demands, state media says
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Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Professor Graham Allison discusses U.S. and China trade negotiations.(Source: Bloomberg)
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The Trump administration’s top economic officials arrived for trade talks in Beijing Thursday as China said it’s not willing to back down on key issues or submit to any U.S. threats.

China’s government won’t accept any U.S. preconditions for negotiations such as abandoning its long-term advanced manufacturing ambitions or narrowing the trade gap by $100 billion, a senior government official, who asked not to be named, said late Wednesday.