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China's new U.N. envoy: Beijing ready to fight U.S. on trade

Aug 03, 2019, 06.00 PM (IST)
China's new U.N. ambassador warned on Friday (August 2) that if the United States wanted to fight China on trade "then we will fight," and signaled that trade tensions could hurt cooperation between the countries on dealing with North Korea. U.S. President Donald Trump vowed on Thursday (August 1) to slap a 10% tariff on $300 billion of Chinese imports from next month, sharply escalating a trade dispute between the world's biggest economies. In unusually blunt remarks for a United Nations' diplomat from China, Zhang Jun described Trump's move as "an irrational, irresponsible act" and urged Washington to "come back to the right track." He also said Beijing was prepared to take countermeasures.