President Trump on Thursday said he sees China differently since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Tensions between the United States and China were high before the pandemic when the two countries participated in a year-long trade war and finally began to see a bilateral deal before COVID-1
“It’s before the plague and after the plague. Right now I see China differently than I did before the plague,” the president said in an interview with “Mornings with Mary.”
The two countries have been dealing in jabs since COVID-19 forced states across the United States to implement lock-in restrictions – some of which are still in place nearly six months later in an attempt to contain the spread.
“They run their country, and we run our country, and we have other countries that treat us very badly. … We have the new USMCA. We were in the process of clearing it out with China, but the plague came. But already before that, I had a full deal with China, and four days before it was to be signed, they broke it. “
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U.S. and Chinese officials have blamed each other for the virus’ origins, although experts believe it was transmitted from an animal – specifically a bat – to a human in Wuhan as early as November. The president and other senior executives have called COVID-19 the “China virus” and the “China plague.”
Last week, the president signed an executive order banning U.S. companies from doing business with social media apps TikTok and WeChat, and in July issued similar restrictions on five Chinese companies including Huawei, Hikvision and Dahua, citing national security concerns related to the country’s 2017 National Intelligence Act.
“TikTok – I broke the deal – I said, ‘You can not do business in the United States.’ I also told Huawei, ‘You can not do business in the United States.’ “I also told our so-called allies … if you go with Huawei, it’s OK, but we will not communicate … because intelligence goes back to Beijing,” Trump told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo.
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He added that “there has been someone tougher against China and Russia” than him “despite a media bought out by China.”
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The Trump administration has retaliated against China’s treatment of its Uighur Muslim population in Xinjiang with sanctions against Chinese technology companies and individuals. It has also ended its preferential treatment of Hong Kong since Beijing introduced a new security law in July that gives the Chinese government more control over the city-state and its people.
“Hong Kong is a very complicated problem because we have given them huge amounts of money in the form of incentives to make Hong Kong free – to make Hong Kong work and to our detriment. So I have taken all that back – all those incentives “as they had for the Hong Kong market to keep some freedom over there aware that they have China standing above them,” Trump said.
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China has sanctioned US lawmakers in return as tensions between the two countries escalate.
In addition, US officials ordered the Chinese consulate in Houston to close in July in an attempt to “protect US intellectual property and US private information” after reports of people burning paper at the consulate. In return, China asked the United States to close its consulate in Chengdu two days later.
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