China lashed out at US economic intimidation following President Donald Trump’s announcement of new import tariffs, but said it was open to negotiations to resolve trade frictions. The two countries have traded threats and heated rhetoric in recent days, ratcheting up fears that the world’s two biggest economies are heading towards a damaging trade war.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a press briefing that it would have been more appropriate to say that it’s time to stop the US’s economic intimidation and hegemony. She said china has the confidence and the capacity to safeguard its legitimate and legal interests, whatever the circumstances.