Trump is once again threatening to cut ties with China after a US official refused


Donald Trump renewed his threat to cut ties with China, one day after his diplomats held high-level talks with Beijing and his US trade negotiator said breaking trade ties was not a viable option.


A conflicting attitude arose when China questioned its credibility in reporting the new Covid-19 cluster correctly in Beijing, Washington.

Trump wrote on social media that in the event of a complete separation from China, the US would certainly make a policy choice in different circumstances. Thank you! ".

Trump said his business spokesman Robert Lightgeiser, who has been at the forefront of trade talks with Beijing, was responding to comments.

Lightgeiser told a congressional committee on Wednesday that China has so far fulfilled the terms of the "Phase One" trade deal that will reduce the dispute, and it is now impossible for the two financial giants to decompose.

"I think you can sit down and separate the United States economy from the Chinese economy?" Said Lightgeizer. "No, I think this was a policy choice years ago. I don't think it's a reasonable policy choice at this point."

Lightheiser said he expects more supply chains to move to the US due to tax and regulatory changes, but that there are significant positive changes in the US-China trade agreement, which will boost Chinese goods and services.

Trump, in his post, tried to get his business officer off the hook: "It's not Ambassador Lightgeiser's fault (in yesterday's committee) I didn't make it clear."

The conflict has resulted in a number of clashes between the world's two largest economies, including China's move to enforce new security laws on trade, Hong Kong and coronaviruses.

On Thursday, the US questioned the credibility of China in reporting new coronavirus cases in Beijing, and called on neutral observers to assess the extent of the outbreak.

The shutdown of parts of China's capital to stop the second wave of Kovid-19 has reported 158 cases since the latest cluster was discovered last week.

On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a vocal critic of China, called for greater transparency during talks with Yang Jiechi, a senior Chinese official in Hawaii.

American diplomat David Stillwell, who is now with Pompeii, described the ties between the two countries. On the Beijing outbreak, he said: “I hope their numbers and their reporting are more accurate than what we have seen in the case of Wuhan and other places in the PRC, but it remains to be seen.

"As confirmed by the numbers, people in Beijing are better off staying on Earth," Stilwell said.

Regarding the trade agreement, Stillwell said: "The Chinese have made this recommendation many times ... and they insist on following it.

"If they come to the table with a reasonable proposal, America is clearly going to act appropriately and look for ways to work towards a positive outcome," he said.

However, he described the relationship as "serious" and said that the Chinese delegation was not "forthcoming" but went "to the great efforts of the US to provide an atmosphere for clear and productive negotiations".

"The actions we have seen from the PRC lately ... are not really constructive when considering issues in India, the South China Sea, and Hong Kong."

China described the air talks as "constructive", but Yong told Pompeii that Washington should respect Beijing's position on key issues and work to improve relations in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Xinjiang. Your intervention will have to stop.

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