A Chinese trade envoy says talks with Washington are impossible while the United States “holds a knife” to Beijing’s neck by imposing tariff hikes.

The deputy commerce minister’s warning Tuesday followed Beijing’s release of a report accusing President Donald Trump of bullying other countries and disrupting the global economy.

In this Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, photo, foreign tourists watch people queue in line to enter the Apple Store for the debut of the latest iPhones in Shanghai. China imposed new tariff hikes on U.S. goods on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, and accused Washington of bullying, giving no sign of compromise in an intensifying battle over technology that is weighing on global economic growth. (Chinatopix via AP)

The report dampened hopes for progress toward settling the dispute over Beijing’s technology policy. Both sides have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods.

Wang Shouwen said Beijing is open to talks but said, “now that the United States has adopted such large-scale restrictive measures and holds a knife to another’s neck, how can negotiations proceed? It would not be negotiations of equality.”

Source: The Associated Press