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Donald Trump Signals Tough Stance Against China, May Break All Relations

Posted by newsencenderin on May 15th, 2020

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American President Donald Trump indicated a tough stance on the relationship of the US with China over the COVID-19 pandemic that originated from China. He stated that he has no interest in talking to President Xi Jinping right now and may also break links with them.

Trump’s Interview 

On Thursday, in an interview to a leading news channel of the USA he said that he was profoundly dissatisfied with China's inability to control the outbreak, and that the pandemic had put a shadow on its January trade agreement with Beijing, which he previously praised as a big accomplishment.

"They should have never let this happen, So I make a great trade deal and now I say this doesn't feel the same to me. The ink was barely dry and the plague came over. And it doesn't feel the same to me."

Also, Trump was questioned about the recommendation of a Republican senator to refuse US visas to Chinese students studying for research in national security-related fields such as quantum computation and artificial intelligence.

"There are many things we could do. We could do things. We could cut off the whole relationship, Now, if you did, what would happen? You'd save 0 billion." 

Chinese Media Respond

The statement was made absurd by Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of China's prominent Global Times newspaper. 

Hu tweeted that -

"This president once suggested COVID-19 patients inject disinfectants. Remember this and you won't be surprised when he said he could cut off the whole relationship with China."

American Think Tank Called Trump’s Remark Dangerous

The Think tank of Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies Mr, Scott Kennedy called the remarks of Trump's "dangerous bravado."  He said -

"Avoiding communication is not an effective strategy for solving a crisis that requires global cooperation. And cutting off the economic relationship would badly damage the American economy." 

Phase 1 of Trade Agreement

In Phase 1 of the Trade Agreement, China pledged to purchase at least 0 billion in additional U.S. products and services for two years, while Washington promised to scale back tariffs on Chinese imports in stages.

On thursday, China took several incremental measures against those objectives on first purchasing U.S. soybean oil after almost two years and releasing customs notifications authorizing U.S. wheat and grain imports.

The executive of the Chinese state agricultural trading house COFCO stated that China was set to accelerate the purchase of U.S. farm goods in order to implement the phase 1 agreement.

On Thursday, China’s leading newspaper - The Global Times cited Li Yong, Deputy Chairman of the Committee of Experts of the China Association of international trade and said -

"(China) still hopes that economic and trade issues will not be politicized because that is not good for either side."

Although U.S. intelligence officials have concluded the coronavirus may not seem to be man made or genetically engineered, denying the hypothesis advocated by some Trump backers, Trump claimed in his interview that China would have prevented it at the roots.

"Whether it came from the lab or came from the bats, it all came from China, and they should have stopped it, it got out of control."

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Also See: Trade Agreement, Tough Stance, Phase 1, Donald Trump, China, Trump, Trade

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