October 10, 2019 / 2:17 AM / 2 months ago

U.S. tariffs on China are working, U.S. Secretary of Commerce

SYDNEY, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Tariffs are forcing China to pay attention to U.S. concerns, according to a copy of a speech to be given by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Thursday.

Ross said the United States would have preferred not to implement tariffs against Chinese goods more than a year ago, which ignited a trade war that slowed global commerce and threatened decades-old systems, but added that it has forced Beijing into action.

“We do not love tariffs, in fact we would prefer not to use them, but after years of discussions and no action, tariffs are finally forcing China to pay attention to our concerns,” Ross was quoted as saying in a copy of a speech seen by Reuters.

Ross is on an official visit to Australia. (Reporting by Colin Packham Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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