The Wall Street Journal: U.S. says China not being truthful about why trade talks stalled

The Trump administration on Monday rebuked China for making statements in recent weeks that it said misrepresented why trade talks between the two nations reached an impasse.

Chinese officials, in public remarks and in a policy paper issued over the weekend, have chosen “to pursue a blame game misrepresenting the nature and history of trade negotiations between the two countries,” said the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Treasury Department in a joint statement. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have led Washington’s negotiations with Beijing.

On Sunday, China released a government policy paper that said Washington had scuttled the negotiations, which reached an impasse in May, and said that China wouldn’t shy away from a trade conflict.

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