Trump wrote on social media that the united states “is certainly maintain a policy option, under various conditions, a total decoupling of China. Thank you!”.
Trump said that he was responding to comments from his trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, who has been at the forefront of trade negotiations with Beijing.
Lighthizer told a congressional committee Wednesday that the China had been up to now the conditions for a “first phase” of the trade agreement, which has relieved the dispute, and that the decoupling of the two economic giants was now impossible.“Do I think that you can sit down and disassociate the united States economy to the Chinese economy?” Lighthizer said. “No, I think it was a political option years ago. I don’t think it is a … reasonable policy option at this stage.”
Lighthizer said he expected to see more supply chains move to the united States because of tax and regulation, but also noted that the united states-China trade would lead to significant positive change and increase chinese purchases of US goods and services.
In his post, Trump has tried to leave his trade official of the hook: “It has not been Ambassador Lighthizer the fault (yesterday in the Committee) that perhaps I did not make myself understood.”
The contradictory positions coming from numerous points of friction between the two largest economies, including trade, China is moving to impose new safety laws on Hong Kong, and the sars coronavirus.
On Thursday, WE questioned China’s credibility of the declaration of the fresh coronavirus cases in Beijing, and called for neutral observers to assess the magnitude of the epidemic.
China has locked down parts of the capital that it seeks to avoid a second wave of Covid-19, reporting 158 cases from a fresh cluster was detected last week.
On Wednesday, the AMERICAN secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, an outspoken critic of China, has called for greater transparency during negotiations to Hawaii with the senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi.
Then, the AMERICAN diplomat David Stillwell, who accompanied Pompeo, describes the relations between the two countries, tense. On the outbreak of Beijing, he said: “I hope that their numbers and their reports are more precise than what we have seen in the case of Wuhan, and other places in china, but it remains to be seen.
“As far as the numbers, it would be good to have people on the ground to get the confirmation” in Beijing, Stilwell said.
On trade, Stilwell said: “The Chinese reiterated its commitment to that many times … and they insist on the fact that they are going to follow through.
“If they come to the table with a reasonable proposal, the united states is obviously to treat in a reasonable way and seek ways of working to a positive result,” he said.
However, he described the relationship as “intense” and said that the Chinese delegation had not been “to come”, adding that the united states had gone to “great efforts to provide an environment of candid and productive discussions”.
“The actions that we have seen out of the RPC delay … have been not really constructive as we look at India, the South China Sea, Hong Kong issues.”
China has described the Hawaii talks as “constructive” but its ministry of foreign affairs, said Yang told Pompeo that Washington needed for Beijing, the positions on the key issues and to cease its interference in issues such as Hong Kong, Taiwan and Xinjiang, while working to repair relations.