China’s government will cut $300bn in imports from the United States this year as part of a bid to boost economic ties and boost its trade with the West, state media reported.
The move will make China one of the first countries to sever its ties with the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia as part a broader package of trade sanctions announced this week by the United Nations and European Union, the China Daily said on Friday.
China is one of only three countries to have no formal ties with those countries.
A trade embargo against the three nations is also in place.
China and Russia have also been in a trade war since last year over Russia’s decision to ban American airlines from flying to the Black Sea region.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has also launched a “zero tolerance” anti-corruption drive to curb graft in his country.