Beijing, May 25 (Reuters) — China’s top leaders on Wednesday announced they would consider a US-Chinese trade deal as long as it does not include restrictions on its citizens’ right to work or education.
China has already restricted Chinese citizens’ rights, with a series of regulations on the internet, labor rights and the export of certain goods and services.
On Wednesday, Premier Li Keqiang said he would consider the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) if it is signed by the United States.
The US has said it will not sign it.
“If it’s not signed by US, I will reconsider my position and if it’s signed by America, I’ll sign it,” Li told reporters in Beijing.
The announcement comes two days after the White House and President Donald Trump issued veto threats against the agreement.
China has threatened to veto any trade agreement it considers unfair to the United Nations.
In a statement, the Chinese foreign ministry said it “rejects the US’ baseless claims and demands that it immediately withdraw its proposed TPP agreement.
The agreement has been a source of serious problems for China and its citizens, as it has raised concerns over the countrys domestic market, the economy and international relations.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On Tuesday, the US Trade Representative, which represents the United State and many other countries in the TPP, said that China has repeatedly violated the deal and should stop “deliberately misleading” the United Nation and other bodies.
(Reporting by Analisa Tang; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)