Negotiations won’t change China’s stance

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/8/22 22:13:45

Vice-ministerial level China-US trade negotiations were held in Washington on Wednesday. The US plan to impose a 25 percent tariff on another $16 billion worth of Chinese goods will be carried out Thursday. The public hearings on the new tariffs for $200 billion of Chinese imports started Monday in Washington and will last until the coming weekend. This week, China and the US are witnessing the raging flames of battle and officials are playing games at the negotiating table.

Most analysts do not expect to see decisive achievements from this round of consultations.

Washington has not yet shown sincerity about resolving China-US trade disputes through negotiations on an equal footing. It still regards piling more pressure on China as the priority while treating negotiations as a supplementary means to exert greater pressure.

China has resolutely resisted the US tariff offensive. Beijing's counterattack has shaken the US. The ongoing negotiations must be in line with China's previous stance.

China does not want to fight a trade war, but it is not afraid of fighting. Its negotiating position should stick closely to this attitude so as to dispel any illusions in Washington that US pressure is having any effect.

Washington exerts more pressure through rounds of trade war. The US is hoping China will back down as soon as possible.

That's why China's firmness and calmness must be consistent, so as not to be led by the nose by US trade and public opinion warfare. China must make the US certain of one fact: No matter how much pressure the US piles on China, it won't work.

Chinese society does not expect Beijing and Washington to soon reach an agreement to end the trade war. Chinese people believe that this is not a regular trade war. They are prepared for it to be protracted and that China will pay for certain losses.

Most Chinese are well aware that the Chinese government does not want to fight a trade war. But the war was launched against China by the US, trying to force Beijing to submit and so redefine Sino-US ties. The Chinese government's resistance is for the sake of China's long-term interests and ensuring that Washington treats China equally.

Some Chinese people suffer from a fear of the US. They should learn what defines moral integrity in a trade war. Since modern times, there have always been people in Chinese society who fear the US and the West. But it has not stopped the country from strengthening itself in struggles against the US or other Western major powers.

The Chinese government should trust its people. The professional team dealing with the trade war should not worry about complaints back home. Those who like complaining would grumble even without a trade war. But the Chinese public knows the government is sparing no effort to safeguard their interests.

It has been only a few months since the trade war broke out. China's institutional advantages and its society's resilience have not been fully demonstrated. It is believed that the longer the trade war lasts, the calmer China will be and the more anxious the US.

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