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China says cooperation is only the 'correct direction' for China-US trade ties

  • China's commerce ministry said cooperation is the only "correct direction" for the China U.S. trade relationship.
  • U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that the U.S. is not starting a trade war, but rather trying to level the playing field of global commerce.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in Beijing on November 9, 2017.
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U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in Beijing on November 9, 2017.

China's commerce ministry said on Thursday cooperation is the only "correct direction" for the China-U.S. trade relationship, amid growing trade frictions between the world's two biggest economies.

Commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng made the comments during a regular weekly briefing in Beijing.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Wednesday the United States is not starting a trade war but trying to level the playing field of global commerce and fend off Chinese protectionism, including a "direct threat" in high-tech goods.