China Vows to Defend Interests 03/22 06:24
The Chinese government vowed Thursday to take "all necessary measures" to
defend the country's interests if President Donald Trump targets it for
allegedly stealing American technology or pressuring U.S. companies to hand it
BEIJING (AP) -- The Chinese government vowed Thursday to take "all necessary
measures" to defend the country's interests if President Donald Trump targets
it for allegedly stealing American technology or pressuring U.S. companies to
hand it over.
"China will not sit idly to see its legitimate rights damaged and must take
all necessary measures to resolutely defend its legitimate rights," the
Commerce Ministry in Beijing said in a statement on its website.
The Trump administration is expected later Thursday to impose trade
sanctions on China, perhaps including restrictions on Chinese investment and
tariffs on as much as $60 billion worth of Chinese products.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that Beijing hoped
the U.S. would "refrain from taking actions that are detrimental to both sides."
Dozens of industry groups sent a letter last weekend to Trump warning that
"the imposition of sweeping tariffs would trigger a chain reaction of negative
consequences for the U.S. economy, provoking retaliation; stifling U.S.
agriculture, goods, and services exports; and raising costs for businesses and
The announcement will mark the end of a seven-month U.S. investigation into
the hardball tactics China has used to challenge U.S. supremacy in technology,
including dispatching hackers to steal commercial secrets and demanding that
U.S. companies hand over trade secrets in exchange for access to the Chinese
market. The administration argues that years of negotiations with China have
failed to produce results.