US accusations against China in the Section 301 investigation disregards the facts and is unacceptable to China, said Gao Feng, a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce, Xinhua news agency reported.

Gao said the investigation into China’s policies and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation is a unilateral and trade protectionist approach.

The US is unjustly putting American laws above international laws, he added, seriously violating its own commitment to members of the World Trade Organization. Furthermore, by disregarding WTO rules, it is also destroying valuable trade ties that took years to develop.

Gao expressed hope that the US will stop damaging bilateral economic and trade relations and adopt a constructive attitude to get Sino-US relations back on track, creating favourable conditions for the stable growth of the global economy.

On the positive side, working teams from China and the US are maintaining close contact and trying to implement a consensus reached earlier by the two heads of state, Gao said.