Beijing “Not Aware” of Weekend Calls with Trump
President Trump claims China is ready to return to the negotiating table, but China says they don’t know who the President talked to over the weekend. A spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry told reporters “I am not aware of the phone calls over the weekend.”
Trump claimed Chinese officials called top U.S. trade officials to say, “let’s get back to the table.” However, China refutes the claim, and hopes the U.S. will “remain calm, return to reason, and immediately stop its wrong approach,” referring to the trade war escalation and Trump’s order against U.S. companies doing business in China.
However, the order met pushback from the stock market and the U.S. business sector. China replied, “We hope the U.S. will heed the views from various sectors, calculate its gains and losses, and come to prudent rather than hot-headed decisions.” Over the phone negotiations were set to resume this week and Chinese officials are scheduled to meet in Washington with the U.S. for negotiations next month.
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