US, China have not held any trade dispute talks yet, says Beijing

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Beijing, April 19 (IANS) China and the US have still not held any bilateral talks over trade frictions, China’s Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.

The US submitted a file to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on April 17 claiming that they are willing to negotiate over the trade dispute with China, Xinhua news agency reported.

The move follows WTO procedures, which order members to respond to a request for settlement from another member within ten days, said MOC spokesperson Gao Feng.

Gao reiterated that the US Section 232 and Section 301 measures to slap tariffs on Chinese products seriously violate WTO rules.

He said the two sides have not yet held any bilateral talks over the US Section 301 investigation and the proposed US tariff list on Chinese goods.

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