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Trump threatens to cut ties with China
The Cattle Site
15 May 2020
President Trump signalled a further deterioration of his relationship with China over the COVVID-19 outbreak, telling reporters that he has no interest in speaking to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Reuters reports that President Trump suggested cutting ties with the world’s second largest economy.
In an interview with Fox Business Network on 14 May, Trump expressed his disappointment with China’s failure to contain the novel coronavirus, saying that the pandemic has cast a pall over the January 2020 trade deal with Beijing. He had previously hailed that agreement as a major achievement.
"They should have never let this happen," Trump said. "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."
Trump's pique extended to Xi, with whom the US president has said repeatedly he has a good relationship.
"But I just – right now I don't want to speak to him," Trump said in the interview, which was taped on Wednesday.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing on 15 May that maintaining a steady bilateral relationship served the interests of both peoples and would be beneficial for world peace and stability.
"Both China and the US should now be cooperating more on fighting the virus together, to cure patients and resume economic production, but this requires the US to want to work with us on this," Zhao said.
Scott Kennedy of Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank called Trump's remarks "dangerous bravado."
"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," he said...
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Trump threatens to cut off relations with China
New rhetorical blast comes as US increases criticism of Beijing over the coronavirus
Demetri Sevastopulo, Financial Times
May 15, 2020
Washington | Donald Trump has warned that he could “cut off the whole relationship” with China, in the latest escalation of US tensions with Beijing as he increasingly blames China for the global spread of the coronavirus.
“There are many things we could do,” Mr Trump told Fox Business’ Mornings With Maria on Thursday. “We could cut off the whole relationship. Now if you did, what would happen? You’d save $500bn.”
It was unclear what that figure represented. Mr Trump was responding to a question about whether the US should refuse Chinese nationals student visas for sensitive science areas.
The White House in 2018 considered blocking Chinese citizens from receiving student visas, but backed away from the idea pushed by Stephen Miller, a hardline White House aide who is close to Mr Trump.
The president has in recent weeks intensified his criticism of the Chinese government over the way it handled the disclosure of the virus, and has suggested that Beijing would be forced to pay a price.
Mr Trump did not explain what he meant by cutting off ties. But some officials want him to remove Chinese companies from US supply chains.
The Chinese foreign ministry responded by urging the US “to abandon its cold war and zero-sum mentality”.
“Stable development of China-US relations serves the fundamental interests of both countries,” said Zhao Lijian, a foreign ministry spokesman. “The two sides should strengthen anti-epidemic co-operation, win the war against the epidemic, treat patents and resume economic production. But this requires the US to meet China halfway."
The president on Thursday also signed an executive order that authorises the US International Development Finance Corporation to provide loans to US industrial companies to shore domestic manufacturing related to the pandemic response.
Pressed on how he could force US companies to move their supply chains, Mr Trump told Fox Business: