China mum on plan for Japan meeting with Trump

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The Chinese government would not confirm Tuesday that such a meeting will take place. "We'll do something about it", he said. "We will release information on this when we have it".

European Union import duties on wine are higher than United States tariffs on European wines, including those from France, but EU consumers buy less of the American product. Beijing has hit back with its own retaliatory tariff increases.

Trump attacked the Obama administration for USA trade policy on China, accusing his predecessors of allowing Beijing to trounce America economically.

He also has complained about the Chinese currency, saying it has been kept artificially low to keep exports cheap.

Trump complained about France charging tariffs on U.S. wine in the past, tweeting in November that it's too hard for American wine producers to sell in France but the United States makes it "easy" to import French wines. Since President Trump first implemented the tariffs, the communist regime has been battered by economic uncertainty and faltering growth while the USA has enjoyed a level of prosperity not seen for a generation.

When did Trump's love for tariffs start?

US President Donald Trump has threatened to slap tariffs on another $300 billion of Chinese exports to the United States if China's leader Xi Jinping doesn't meet him at the G20 in Japan. So now we have restrictions on that too, which we put in under my administration, very recently because they were buying all of our companies. Each side is blaming the other for the logjam in negotiations.

China's foreign ministry said on Monday that China is open to more trade talks with Washington but has nothing to announce about a possible meeting. He added, "But if it insists on escalating trade frictions, we will respond to it with resolution and perseverance".

Since coming to power in 2017, Mr Trump has launched bitter trade disputes with nearly all major world powers, prompting the European Union to slap new tariffs on American bourbon in June past year.

There has been no public indication that the Chinese president intends to avoid Trump at the summit of world leaders in Osaka on June 28 and 29, where the pair are expected to discuss the raging trade war between their nations.

In comments to reporters on Monday, Trump said he still thought the meeting with Xi would happen.

The EU has approved two areas for negotiation - one to cut tariffs on industrial goods, the other to make it easier for companies to show products meet EU or USA standards.

In an interview with CNBC Monday, the president was asked about reports of China's alleged currency manipulation and how Beijing uses the practice to offset US tariffs.

Washington last month put Huawei on a blacklist that effectively bars US firms from selling to the company without government approval.

G-20 finance ministers meeting in Fukuoka, Japan, over the weekend said trade and geopolitical conflicts are risking global economic growth, but at the USA insistence, dropped a call to "recognize the pressing need to resolve trade tensions".

President Donald Trump speaks about a state of emergency from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., February 15, 2019. Some analysts suspect Chinese exporters may have rushed out shipments to the United States to avoid potential new USA tariffs.

On Sunday, International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde said resolving the current trade tensions should be the top priority for G20 economies.

"I'm never insulted. I've learned not to be insulted", Trump said on the south lawn of the White House.

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