China is threatening to tear down a landmark US-led trade deal if the Trump administration does not drop its anti-dumping claims against China.
The move comes after a series of anti-China protests in US cities and a series that have rattled international trade, investment and investment ties with China.
Ahead of a meeting of the WTO’s 12 top economic and financial officials in June, US Trade Representative Michael Froman told Reuters the US was working with China to find ways to end anti-Chinese trade practices and claimed the US would also impose retaliatory tariffs.
“We will work with the other members of the trade forum to find a way to eliminate the unfair trade practices that have been so detrimental to US and Chinese economies,” he said.US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, May 2, 2026.US and Chinese leaders are set to hold talks at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, to discuss ways to address concerns over trade and economic growth.
“There’s a lot of issues here, but I think that one of the things that will really help China is the fact that they have to be more aggressive,” US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said at the same meeting.
“If they don’t get aggressive on this, we will do something about it.”
But China said it was prepared to use the WTO to defend its claims against the US, even though it said the agreement had no impact on its own exports.
“The US is facing a global economic crisis and China is trying to solve that crisis,” Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said.
“This WTO agreement has no impact to China, but the United States will be looking at how it can fight it.
It’s a very important meeting for us to discuss this,” the CCTV report quoted the Chinese foreign ministry as saying.
The US said it would be open to discussing how to deal with China on trade.
China and the United Kingdom have been locked in a bitter dispute over whether to leave the European Union, after the UK voted to leave.
At a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday, Ross said the US-China relationship was “strong, deep and stable”.
“Our relationship is based on a shared set of values and mutual respect for the international community,” he added.
“We believe that the trade relationship is fundamental to the prosperity and security of the two countries.”
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement: “This meeting of WTO officials is to discuss the situation in the WTO with the United Nations and the WTO has already established a process for finalisation of the US side of the issue.”
The United States is still pursuing the WTO dispute resolution process.
We will continue to follow the situation closely.
“A White House statement did not provide further details.
China is the world’s second-biggest economy, after Russia, and the third-largest by output, behind the US.
China’s economy is estimated at around $18 trillion (£14.4 trillion) and the country has an estimated $12 trillion (4 trillion euros) in trade.