March 25, 2018 / 8:35 AM / 2 years ago

China's opening up not forced by external pressure: commerce minister

FILE PHOTO: Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan attends a news conference on the sidelines of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, China March 11, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s opening up is self-initiated and will not be forced by pressure from other countries, the country’s commerce ministry said on Sunday on its official Wechat account.

Zhong Shan, the head of the ministry of commerce, made the comments during a meeting with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, adding that cooperation between China and the United States was the only right choice.

Trade tension between the two has flared since last week after President Donald Trump unveiled plans on Thursday to slap tariffs on potentially up to $60 billion in Chinese goods.

Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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