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‘Ask China’: Trump Stokes Fears Of Tension With Beijing During Exchange With Weijia Jiang

"I’m not interested in that."

"I’m not interested in that", Donald Trump said Monday, when queried on the possibility of renegotiating the Sino-US trade pact signed to much fanfare in January. Tensions between Washington and Beijing are running high amid allegations China is obscuring the origins of the coronavirus, which Mike Pompeo has repeatedly suggested may have escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in a lab accident. Chinese officials vehemently deny any coverup. On Monday, the Global Times, citing sources, said the implicit and explicit allegations around the virus stoked “anger among Chinese trade insiders". Advisors to the talks have suggested China consider voiding the agreement or reworking it in the country's favor. The headlines came barely three days after Bob Lighthizer, Steven Mnuchin and Liu He held a phone call aimed at pacifying nervous markets and reassuring the public that both sides are committed to the agreement, which brought an end to months of tit-for-tat escalations, even as it left the majority of punitive levies in place. "Let’s see if they lived up to the deal they signed", Trump went on to say Monday, before parroting one of his favorite talking points. "China
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2 comments on “‘Ask China’: Trump Stokes Fears Of Tension With Beijing During Exchange With Weijia Jiang

  1. George says:

    As I stated earlier …semantics not content dominate when situations resemble what we are experiencing…..

  2. Darkstar says:

    What’s (ahem) “funny” about this is that yes, of course China tried to downplay the virus, saying they had it under control, hoping it would miraculously go away – they didn’t want to wreck their economy, already under stress from the tariffs, did they? And Trump and co. followed the exact same playbook (who can every forget Larry “the animal” Kudlow on CNBC saying in early March, “it’s contained”? Whenever Trump points the finger at somebody, he’s pointing four back at himself.

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