The PLA is on high alert and will launch a series of targeted military operations to counter this, resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, China said.
"If anyone creates a wanton provocation, they will be met with the firm counterattack from the Chinese people," said Gen. Li Zuocheng.
Taking China as threat and adversary will be historic and strategic mistake: Chinese Defence Minister
'China believes that a stable China-US relationship serves the interest of both countries and the rest of the world'
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China manages such exchanges along the same lines as the U.S. and other countries, he added that the U.S officials should not 'stigmatize' such programs.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said the measure approved 'indicates that the U.S. has no scruples about smearing China by every means.'
Chinese factories making everything from bikes to tyres, plastics and textiles are moving assembly lines abroad to skirt higher customs taxes on their exports to the United States and elsewhere.
United States said on Tuesday that it still held the threat of imposing tariffs on USD50 billion of imports from China and would use it unless Beijing addressed the issue of theft of US IPR.
China and the United States announced tariffs on USD 50 billion of each others' imports.