Trump unleashes Twitterstorm on China as trade talks resume

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The US leader has also angered the Chinese side by claiming the slowing economy is forcing them to make a trade deal.

US President Donald Trump ripped into China on Tuesday after US negotiators arrived in Shanghai to resurrect talks aimed at ending a year-long trade war between the world’s two top economies.

Trump took to Twitter to slam China hours after top US officials landed in the financial hub for the first face-to-face discussions since the US leader agreed to a trade war truce with Chinese President Xi Jinping in June.

“My team is negotiating with them now, but they always change the deal in the end to their benefit,” Trump tweeted.

Trump had accused China of reneging on its commitments before previous talks broke down in May.

This time the US leader said Beijing was supposed to start buying US agricultural products but they have shown “no signs that they are doing so”.

“That is the problem with China, they just don’t come through,” he said.

Washington and Beijing have so far hit each other with punitive tariffs covering more than $360 billion in two-way trade, in a tense stand-off centred on demands for China to curb the alleged theft of American technology and provide a level playing field to US companies.

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin did not talk to reporters after arriving in the Chinese financial hub on Tuesday.

A motorcade believed to be carrying the US officials later headed to the city’s famous Peace hotel, where they were expected to meet Chinese officials for dinner.

The US officials are due to hold formal talks with Vice Premier Liu He on Wednesday.

Trump’s Twitter tirade will reinforce already low expectations that this week’s negotiations will lead to a major breakthrough.

Source – AFP

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