Xiangchen Zhang, Chinese Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) attends an interview with Reuters in Geneva, Switzerland March 22, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
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China is preparing a range of responses to planned U.S. tariffs and will stand up to protectionism, but it still hopes for dialogue, Beijing's ambassador to the World Trade Organization said Thursday.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Wednesday the tariffs would target China's high-technology sector and could also include restrictions on Chinese investments in the United States.The United States hopes that the national security claim will make the steel and aluminium tariffs immune to a challenge at the WTO, but Zhang said they failed to pass the WTO test of being "essential" for national security.China and other WTO members might also retaliate against the solar tariffs with their own tariffs on U.S. goods, Zhang said.
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