TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -"If the US side obstinately clings to its course and takes any new tariff measures against China, then the Chinese side will inevitably take countermeasures to resolutely protect our legitimate rights," Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said during a regular briefing in the capital Beijing on Monday.
The remarks come days after President Donald Trump warned he was ready to slap tariffs on virtually all Chinese imports into the US and threatened duties on $267 billion of goods over and above planned tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese products.
The US and China have activated additional tariffs on $50 billion of each other's goods since July despite several rounds of negotiations.
In August, China unveiled a proposed list of retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion of US goods should Washington activate the tariffs on its $200 billion list.
The tariffs would apply to 5,207 products. Beijing said at the time that the US actions will determine whether China adopts the additional duties.