. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

China Strikes Back

BEIJING () -- China announced a ban on U.S. fruits, alcoholic drinks, textiles and other imports Sunday in retaliation for a U.S. penalty for alleged textile trade violations.

The ban will go into effect Dec. 10, the Foreign Trade Ministry and Chinese customs said in a joint statement issued through the state-run Xinhua news agency. The statement called the ban temporary but did not say how long it would last.

The ban is the latest action in a series of trade disputes that have helped sour China-U.S. relations. It comes less than two weeks before U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher is due in Beijing to seek improved ties.

China said the ban was in retaliation for a "U.S. unilateral cut of import quotas of Chinese textiles.''

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