Chinese state media has signaled a lack of interest in picking up paused trade discussions with Donald Trump’s US government, writes Bloomberg News.
The US has threatened to greatly increase tariffs on a broad range of imports. The Chinese government now says stimulus will be stepped up to hold the domestic economy under its arms.
Seeks proof of “sincerity”
In focus is a commentary by a blog called Taoran Notes – relayed by state- and communist party-controlled outlets Xinhua and People’s Daily – saying that without new moves to prove that the US is sincere, it is meaningless for its officials to come to China. A spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said Thursday he had no information about any US officials coming to Beijing for further talks.
Angry response to racial statements
As news site Politico reported, Chinese president Xi Jinping last week said in a speech that it would be “stupid” and “disastrous” for one civilization to force itself on another.
While this did not mention the US, it is widely interpreted as a bite-back after talk by a high US official two weeks earlier. It was US State Department director of policy planning Kiron Skinner who then said this is the first time the US is facing a “great power competitor that is not Caucasian” – sparking anger at what many saw as insinuation of racial supremacy arguments. Skinner described competition with China as “a fight with a really different civilization and a different ideology.”