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President Donald Trump threatened on Twitter to hike tariffs on 200 billion US dollars worth of Chinese goods Sunday. AP

WASHINGTON – On the eve of tense trade talks, China made it official Wednesday: If President Donald Trump hits them with new tariffs, they will hit Trump and the United States with of their own.

“The escalation of trade friction is not in the interests of the people of the two countries and the people of the world,” said a statement from China’s Commerce Ministry. “The Chinese side deeply regrets that if the US tariff measures are implemented, China will have to take necessary countermeasures.”

The counter-threat came as a Chinese trade delegation

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