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Chinese Premier Appeals to Washington to Avoid ‘Trade War’

(Associated Press)

China’s No. 2 leader expressed hope that disputes with U.S. President Donald Trump’s government can be settled amicably and warned a “trade war would benefit nobody.”

Despite Trump’s promises to raise duties on Chinese goods, Premier Li Keqiang said Beijing has a “stable, optimistic outlook” on trade with the United States.

Li took the unusual step of making an impromptu statement Tuesday to reporters during an appearance with his French counterpart, Bernard Cazeneuve.

“Let the figures do the talking,” the premier said, citing American jobs supported by U.S.-Chinese trade. Click here to read more.