In this Aug 18, 2017 photo, Hua Chunying, spokesperson for China's foreign ministry, takes a question during a press briefing in Beijing, China. (PHOTO / fmprc.gov.cn)
BEIJING – The United States' unilateralism and trade protectionism do not just undermine the interests of China, but of all countries, a spokesperson of China’s foreign ministry said Monday.
China stands ready to work with the international community to jointly boycott unilateralism and protectionism, and to safeguard the multilateral trade system for an open world economy
Hua Chunying, Spokesperon, Foreign Ministry, China
Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s comments came after Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that Australia is concerned about the recent moves in the US to unilaterally raise tariffs and quotas against some of its trading partners.
"This is in line with the view of the international community," Hua said in response to a question regarding Bishop's remarks.
"China stands ready to work with the international community to jointly boycott unilateralism and protectionism, and to safeguard the multilateral trade system for an open world economy."
Commenting on US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ statement that Latin America benefitted more from value-added exports to the US than rising sales of raw materials to China, Hua said China-Latin America cooperation was one of equality and mutual benefits, and would not target at any third party.
"Whether China is a good cooperative partner of Latin America, no one knows better than Latin American people," she said.
In fact, China is currently the second largest trade partner of Latin America, she said, adding that Chinese enterprises had created more than 1.8 million jobs in the region.
Hua said China stands ready to work with Latin American countries to expand mutually-beneficial and win-win cooperation, and called on people in the US to respect the fact and the will of Latin American countries, view China-Latin America relations objectively and do more to benefit the development of the region.