The Chinese Foreign Ministry has stated that Beijing will not succumb to external pressure amid the trade war with the United States.
"China will never surrender to external pressure. We have the confidence and the ability to protect our lawful and legitimate rights", Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.
When asked to comment on Washington's threat to impose tariffs on all Chinese imports despite ongoing negotiations to ink a trade deal, the official refused to reveal what countermeasures Beijing planned to announce in response to the US tariff hike on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods imposed on Friday.
The trade dispute between the two countries has been escalating for over a year, as both China and the US have repeatedly slapped billions of dollars' worth of retaliatory tariffs on each other.