While Mackerras said he is not optimistic about the bilateral relationship in the short term, "I have to be optimistic" in the long term.
Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China's Central Committee and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, made the statement at the agency's inauguration.
China may be tempted to again respond in kind. But since it "only" imported a total of $131 billion of goods from the US in 2017, it may limit its direct retaliation options. Nonetheless, China can retaliate via other channels, including sales of US Treasuries, or by disrupting supply chains that are essential to US businesses.
Importantly, China has opened a World Trade Organization challenge to the US' initial $50 billion proposed tariffs, while the eurozone and Japan joined a US challenge against alleged intellectual property theft by China. While we know the WTO arbitration process is a lengthy one－measured in months－it is nonetheless encouraging to see the international body is still being used as a medium of communication between different parties to settle trade disputes. That indeed is a ray of hope.
Xi said that the 19th CPC National Congress had called for firm resolve in implementing the strategy for military-civilian integration, achieving greater integration and building integrated national strategic system and capabilities.
Li made the remark while meeting with Gambian President Adama Barrow, whose first state visit to China will conclude on Monday.
Lu Enguang, a former senior official with the Ministry of Justice stood trial on Wednesday facing bribery charges.