China targets $3 billion of USA goods in tariff spat

China releases its trade data for March. Bloomberg’s Tom Mackenzie reports

China releases its trade data for March. Bloomberg’s Tom Mackenzie reports

State broadcaster China Central Television showed footage of Xi boarding the destroyer Changsha and navigating to an unspecified location in the South China Sea and reviewing the naval maneuver.

In a separate and potentially bigger dispute, the ministry criticized Trump's decision Thursday to approve a possible tariff hike on Chinese imports worth up to $60 billion over Beijing's technology policy. Beijing has built an archipelago of artificial islands capable of hosting military equipment throughout the strategically vital waterway. "We ask this Committee and Members of Congress to help allow soybean farmers be part of the solution instead of collateral damage from a potential trade war", concluded Heisdorffer.

The disputed waters remain a potential flashpoint, with the U.S. saying China's activities in the area pose a threat to freedom of navigation.

Trump said in his weekly address released by the White House that the USA will "no longer tolerate unfair and non-reciprocal trading practices - not only with China, but with anyone".

He also pointed out that China's religious freedom oppression is affecting Christians in the country, particularly those in the city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang province, known as the Jerusalem of China.

The previous generations of fighter jets that Taiwan already has "are very, very good", he said, adding that he believes the training that pilots receive makes more of a difference in combat than the types of aircrafts they fly.

Beijing's Taiwan Affairs Office on Wednesday warned against additional moves to strengthen relations with Taiwan.

Pictures of Xi during the visit showed him wearing military fatigues while aboard ship and eating with members of China's navy. "All acts and tricks to split the motherland are doomed to failure and will be condemned by the people and punished by history!" Originally administered as part of nearby Guangdong on the mainland, the South China Sea island was given province status in 1988 and was declared the country's fifth special economic zone as part of former leader Deng Xiaoping's opening up of China.

America has criticized China for their "provocative militarization" of the South China Sea and responded with increasingly frequent air and sea patrols in the disputed region that Beijing claims as their own.

China announced a $3 billion list of US goods for possible retaliation in a tariff dispute with President Donald Trump and girded Friday for a bigger battle over technology policy as financial markets sank on fears of global disruption.

The drills near Hainan follow recent ones in the sea that featured the Liaoning, amid deployments and drills by the rival U.S. Navy.

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