China opposes trade assessment report by USTR

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FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside a company building in Shanghai

HONG KONG – China resolutely opposed a new assessment report released by the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, calling it “based on trade protectionism” and ignoring China’s contribution to the multilateral trading system, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Friday.

The USTR said new strategies were needed to fight China’s state-led, non-market policies and practices.

(Reporting by Meg Shen and Twinnie Siu; Editing by Angus MacSwan)