USA tariffs 'unjustified', Britain's May tells Trump on call

USA tariffs 'unjustified', Britain's May tells Trump on call

"If we're going to get a change in U.S. government policy, the most effective pressure will come from U.S. business and the U.S. Congress.", he said.

In the previous round of talks in Washington, China had agreed to greatly increase its imports of United States food, agriculture and LNG to reduce the $US375 billion trade in goods imbalance.

Last month, Trump had threatened punitive measures against Chinese goods if China doesn't cut down the trade deficit by Dollars 100 billion in a month and USD 200 billion by 2020.

"Theresa May is appeasing Donald Trump in the hope of getting a race-to-the-bottom trade deal with the USA after we leave the European Union", Corbyn will say, according to speech extracts released by his office.

"The Trump administration has taken some incredibly positive steps for the American economy, but tariffs will undercut that progress and needlessly hamstring our full economic potential".

The talks, led by US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and China's Vice Premier Liu He ended without a joint statement or either side releasing details of the negotiations.

Last week the White House announced it would impose curbs on Chinese investment and purchases of US high-tech goods and on visas for Chinese students.

Ross and Liu held a working dinner on Saturday.

"It is important that China should directly talk with Lighthizer". That's even as the Pentagon in a report earlier this year warned of a new era of great-power rivalry with China and Russian Federation.

"The prime minister raised the U.S. decision to apply tariffs to European Union steel and aluminium imports, which she said was unjustified and deeply disappointing", her office said in a statement.

Media captionWhat are the contentious issues around US-China trade?


The United States has several unresolved issues with China, some longstanding, that Trump and his cabinet are looking to address.

China has warned that any agreements with Washington in their talks on settling a sprawling trade dispute "will not take effect" if threatened USA sanctions including tariff hikes go ahead.

But it warned that China would abandon its commitment to buy more American goods if the sanctions went ahead.

The dispute with China comes at the same time Mr. Trump has riled some of America's closest allies with the imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire even referred to the bloc as G6+1 as an indication of the deepening rift.

The American embassy in Beijing did not comment. "That was the lesson of the 1920s and the 1930s", she said.

Trump had underlined his administration's plans to confront China on trade when he wrote on Twitter while the American team was in Beijing, "When you're nearly 800 Billion Dollars a year down on Trade, you can't lose a Trade War!"

"One of the fundamental realities is that nobody wins in trade wars", he said.

"It would increase leverage and undercut the retaliatory risk to American companies", he said.

Before Beijing joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, such "technology transfer" often was an explicit requirement for foreign companies that wanted access to China's state-dominated economy.

In Montreal on Monday, International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne took part in a gathering of aluminum industry representatives from G7 countries. "Why is the prime minister waiting three weeks to impose these counter-measures specifically on steel and aluminum when the USA tariffs came into effect right away?"

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