China says it will never surrender to foreign pressure amid trade dispute

FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags are set up for a meeting during a visit by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at China's Ministry of Transport in Beijing, China April 27, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s foreign ministry said on Monday the country will never surrender to foreign pressure after Washington renewed its threat to impose tariffs on all Chinese imports in an escalating trade dispute.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comments at a daily briefing in Beijing.

Geng declined to comment on what countermeasures China planned to announce in response to the U.S. tariff hike on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods on Friday.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; writing by Se Young Lee; editing by Darren Schuettler