China says US should create conditions for trade talks

China called for the US to stop its 'wrong' actions, again denying that it had phoned Washington to resume trade talks.

    US President Trump said on Monday that China had called his top trade negotiators to restart trade talks, China has denied this [Philippe Wojazer/Reuters]
    US President Trump said on Monday that China had called his top trade negotiators to restart trade talks, China has denied this [Philippe Wojazer/Reuters]

    China's foreign ministry reiterated on Tuesday that it had not heard of any recent telephone calls between the United States and Beijing on trade, and said it hopes Washington will stop its wrong actions and create conditions for talks.

    Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comment at a news briefing after US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said there had been contact between the two sides but declined to say with whom.

    US President Donald Trump on Monday predicted a trade deal with China, citing what he described as increasing economic pressure on Beijing and job losses in China. 

    On the sidelines of the Group of Seven leaders' summit in Biarritz, France, on Monday, Trump said: "China called last night our top trade people and said, 'let's get back to the table', so we'll be getting back to the table, and I think they want to do something."

    Geng Shuang also said the US had again and again "made thoughtless remarks, made warrantless criticisms against China, completely distorting the facts and confusing right from wrong" regarding China's South China Sea dispute with Vietnam.

    "China urges the United States to stop this kind of malicious hyping up behaviour, and play a positive and constructive role in regional and international matters," he said.

    SOURCE: Reuters news agency