such a restrained manner and conducted the talks with the utmost sincerity may have misled the US administration into thinking it has pushed Beijing onto the back foot.
But China’s responsible attitude and its desire to settle the dispute through consultations should not be viewed as signs of weakness.
Indeed, its stance could not be clearer: The US can persist in trying to coerce China into acce
pting its unreasonable demands, but no matter how hard it tries, China will not knuckle under.
China does not want to enter into a trade war with the US; but that does not mean it is afraid of one.
China agreed to hold trade talks with the US not because it feared what the
US might do or because it is worried about losing its trade with the US, but because it
genuinely believes that dialogue is the best way for countries to resolve their differences and find ways to benefit each ot
her, and because, as a responsible country, it always keeps the bigger picture and longer time frame in mind.