China says it will not fire the first shot in a trade dispute with the US but is ready to fight back if necessary. Photo: AP

China won’t ‘fire first shot’ in trade dispute with United States, as tariff deadline nears

But Beijing makes it clear it is ready to retaliate if Washington’s threats of punitive action become a reality

Topic |   US-China trade war

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China says it will not fire the first shot in a trade dispute with the US but is ready to fight back if necessary. Photo: AP
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