China sends written response to USA trade reform demands: U.S. govt sources

Under pressure to liberalise its economy China is making the right noises. But there are no free lunches

Under pressure to liberalise its economy China is making the right noises. But there are no free lunches

It's about getting China to agree to U.S. demands, should China want to "avoid an all-out war", the IN native told Washington Post reporter Josh Rogin aboard Air Force Two for an article published Tuesday.

Vice President Mike Pence said that the Trump administration does not plan to budge in its trade dispute with China, even if that means a cold war. "I don't think it's a matter of promises".

Mr Pence is in Singapore to represent the United States at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) where fears a protracted long-term economic and strategic confrontation between Washington and Beijing is the hot topic. "We're looking for a change of posture".

Responding to Pence's remarks, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China had always been a "model student" when it came to respecting worldwide rules and norms. "They know what our administration's position is".

At a briefing in Beijing Thursday, a spokesman for China's Ministry of Commerce didn't respond to journalists' questions on whether China had sent a list of concessions.

He and Xi will both attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in Papua New Guinea later this week, but they won't meet.

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"He believes the US economy is strong enough to weather such an escalation while the Chinese economy is less durable".

The president has frequently criticized China for treating the U.S. Trump has also threatened to impose tariffs on all remaining Chinese imports, about US$267 billion worth, if Beijing fails to address United States demands.

Beyond trade, the Trump administration has warned repeatedly about China's alleged efforts to meddle in US and global affairs.

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Chinese officials have outlined a series of potential concessions to the Trump administration for the first time since the summer as they continue to try to resolve a trade war, according to three people familiar with the discussions.

The comments described are essentially a restating of a speech Pence gave at a think tank last month, during which he articulated a new, tougher China policy that seeks to confront Beijing on all fronts.

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