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Zimbabwean ruling party urges win-win resolution of China-U.S. trade impasse

(Xinhua)    13:33, June 28, 2019

HARARE, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party on Thursday condemned the ongoing U.S.-initiated trade war against China as unjustified and unnecessary, urging the two sides to quickly find an amicable and win-win solution to the trade impasse.

ZANU-PF party spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo told Chinese media in an interview that Zimbabwe was confident that the two countries would soon resolve the impasse.

"We are quite confident that China with its resilience and focus, will definitely succeed because this trade war is totally unjustified and we feel as ZANU-PF that it is also unnecessary," Khaya Moyo said.

He accused the United States of backtracking on its trade consultations commitments with China.

The U.S. allegations against China on theft of intellectual property and forced technology transfer were false, while the exorbitant and prohibitive trade measures were meant to derail China's economic progress, he said.

"The United States has so far been using the advancement of China to initiate a trade war ... and therefore we are very cognizant of the fact that because of this technological breakthrough by China, the United States is not very comfortable with this advancement," Khaya Moyo said.

"We are aware that the United States has unfairly accused China of backtracking on its position, attempting to shift the blame and taking the excuse to impose more tariffs on China and we think this is unfair," he said.

Khaya Moyo said the two countries should remain committed to dialogue to end the trade impasse, which he said has negative impact on the world, particularly developing countries.

"When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers," said the spokesperson, adding that the trade war would also worsen Zimbabwe's situation, as it is currently suffering from economic sanctions imposed by Western countries.

Zimbabwe was therefore hoping that trade consultations between China and the United States would continue based on the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, Khaya Moyo said.

"So my message as a (political) party is that the United States and China should continue to negotiate on a win-win basis. No threats should ever be used as a yardstick because once you do that, you must anticipate some response which may not be in your interest," he said.

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