May 15, 2019 / 7:48 AM / 5 days ago

China says it is only taking actions in self defense in U.S. trade dispute

FILE PHOTO: A security officer keeps watch at U.S. food booths at SIAL food innovation exhibition, in Shanghai, China, May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday the United States was defining the two countries’ dispute over trade as a trade war, and China was only taking action in self-defense.

Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comments at a daily news briefing in Beijing.

Reporting by Michael Martina; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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