The ministry noted that the eleventh round of trade consultations between Washington and Beijing continues. In this regard, "there is hope that the American and Chinese sides will work together to solve existing problems through cooperation and consultation."
"China deeply regrets that it will have to take the necessary countermeasures," the ministry said.
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Last year, Washington and Beijing increased the duties on each other’s goods, while the delegations of both countries were engaged in lengthy trade negotiations, which were alternately held in two capitals. In December, Trump and PRC Chairman Xi Jinping agreed that they would not introduce new duties, but it is not yet clear how Trump’s announcement will affect negotiations that should resume in Washington on Wednesday.