US President Donald Trump to China: Sign trade deal now or face ‘far worse’ terms after 2020

US President Donald Trump (AFP photo) President Donald Trump has warned China that it should either sign a trade deal with the United Sta...

US President Donald Trump (AFP photo)
President Donald Trump has warned China that it should either sign a trade deal with the United States now or face a "far worse" agreement in the future.

Trump made the remarks on Twitter Saturday, a day after he reportedly said that China had one month to seal a trade deal or face tariffs on all its exports to the United States.

He said that China was “beaten so badly” in recent months during which Washington and Beijing had held trade negotiations that now it wanted to wait until after the 2020 election, hoping for a Democrat to become the president.

He warned that a trade deal would be “much worse” for China if he was elected for the White House a second time.

Washington is pressing Beijing to reduce the trade imbalance between the two countries and implement structural changes in its practices concerning intellectual property and the transfer of US technology to Chinese firms.

China, however, says such reforms could only favor the US and lead to more protectionism in global trade.

Trump increased tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent on Friday, as the two sides pursue last-ditch talks to try salvaging a trade deal.US Customs and Border Protection imposed the new 25 percent duty on affected US-bound cargoes leaving China on Friday, involving more than 5,700 product categories.

The Trump administration had imposed 25 percent tariffs on a separate category of Chinese machinery and technology goods worth $50 billion.



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