0446 GMT February 18, 2019
Last week, US Vice President Mike Pence accused China of “malign” efforts to undermine President Donald Trump ahead of next month’s congressional elections. Pence also accused China of using its economic might to bully smaller countries, Reuters.com reported.
China has not engaged in, and will not engage in, “economic invasion”, Gao Feng, the commerce ministry’s spokesman, said at a weekly briefing.
The United States and China have slapped tit-for-tat tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other’s goods over the past few months in an escalating trade conflict that could knock global trade and investment.
China is open to restarting trade talks with the United States, but regrettably the US side has shown no sincerity still, Gao said.