President Donald Trump’s administration has issued a directive directing the Department of Commerce to pay China’s government $US1.7 billion in payments for its duties on its goods in U.K. ports, according to a White House statement.
The payments are expected to come from a trade deal reached in December between the U.N. and China, but U.F.O. officials in Beijing have long argued that it would be illegal for the U:s government to collect any payment from a foreign government.
China’s Commerce Ministry spokesman said China has “not yet received the order” and declined further comment.
“China has the right to pay any payment it wants to any party, and that includes the U., for any period of time and for any reason,” spokesman Wu Qian told reporters.
“But the issue of payment from China to the U of A has been a longstanding one, and we’re not yet able to share any details.”
The $US7.6 billion is expected to cover about one-third of China’s duties on U.k. goods that cross its ports, including duties on imports from the United States and duties on exports from China.
Trump’s administration had said it would pay the money if China “reaches a fair and equitable agreement on the payment”.
But the White House later said that the money would be for the entire U. k. tariff, which is a percentage of the country’s overall trade deficit with China.
In December, China’s commerce ministry said the U, a U. K. state, would “pay the money in full” on the issue.
U.S.-China trade in goods totalled $US6.9 billion in 2018.