"We do not want to minimize our trade with the United States. The volume of the Chinese-US trade depends on the US side," Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui told reporters.
He added that China was primed for the globalization of the economy stressing that the government "had been fighting for China joining the World Trade Organization for 18 years, and we had fulfilled all our pledges — we have decreased the duties, we have opened access to all the spheres" of the Chinese market."
China and the United States are currently engaged in a trade war triggered by US President Donald Trump's announcement in June that $50 billion worth of Chinese goods would be subject to 25 percent tariffs, in a bid to fix the US-Chinese trade deficit. Since then, the two countries have exchanged several rounds of trade duties against each other.