China rejects threats, tariffs as way to resolve trade war

FILE - In this May 13, 2019, file photo, a woman walks by a bench painted with an American flag outside a fashion boutique selling U.S. brand clothing at the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing. China's Commerce Ministry said Thursday, June 20, 2019, that officials on both sides are preparing for a meeting of Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in Osaka, but that threats and tariffs will not resolve trade tensions between the two biggest economies. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

BEIJING (AP) — China's Commerce Ministry says officials on both sides are preparing for a meeting of Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping next week in Osaka, but that threats and tariffs will not resolve trade tensions between the two biggest economies.

Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said Thursday that "core concern" has to be properly accommodated.

He said that "If the US insists on taking unilateral trade measures against China, it will definitely bring serious impacts on the economy of itself and the welfare of its people."

Trump and Xi are due to meet at a summit of the Group of 20 on June 28-29. It's unclear when the two countries' negotiating teams will resume detailed talks, which stalled in May when the U.S. accused China of reneging on earlier commitments.