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Trump threatens to cut ties with China and treats works

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 15, 2020
China has urged the United States to meet it halfway and strengthen cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic after President Donald Trump threatened to sever bilateral ties.
Zhao Lijian
Spokesman   Zhao Lijian
Relations between the world's two largest economies have deteriorated in recent weeks, with both sides trading barbs over the origins of the virus that has killed more than 300,000 people.

Topics: Trump China

"To maintain the steady development of China-U.S. relations is in the fundamental interests of the people in both countries, and is conducive to world peace and stability," foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a press briefing.

"At present, China and the U.S. should continue to strengthen cooperation against the epidemic, defeat the epidemic as soon as possible, treat patients, and restore economy and production. But it requires the US to meet halfway with China."

The comments came after Mr Trump further hardened his rhetoric towards China, threatening to cut ties with the rival superpower completely as relations have steadily deteriorated over the pandemic.

"There are many things we could do ... We could cut off the whole relationship," Mr Trump said Thursday in an interview with Fox Business News.

"You'd save $500 billion if you cut off the whole relationship."


 

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