China says U.S. cutting tariffs on Chinese goods would be in interest of U.S. firms, consumers

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FILE PHOTO: Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng gestures during a news conference in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Commerce Ministry said on Thursday that if Washington cut tariffs on Chinese goods, it would be in the interests of U.S. firms and consumers.

Gao Feng, ministry spokesman, made the comments at a news briefing, adding that trade teams from both sides were maintaining communications.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Friday said it was worth considering taking steps to lower U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods given the “desirable effects” such a move could have on lowering U.S. inflation, which has hit 40-year highs this year.

(Reporting by Xu Jing and Ryan Woo; editing by John Stonestreet)