President Donald Trump on Thursday renewed his threat to cut ties with China, a day after US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told Congress he did not see decoupling the US and Chinese economies as a viable option. Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: “It was not Ambassador Lighthizer’s fault (yesterday in Committee) in that perhaps I didn’t make myself clear, but the US certainly does maintain a policy option, under various conditions, of a complete decoupling from China.” But the Chinese ambassador to France has said the US would “shoot itself in the foot” by cutting ties.
“When it comes to the US, the Chinese Government has adopted a position based on making sure the cooperations, coordination, and stability should govern our bilateral relations.
“Even if the Trump administration has been pushing for cutting ties, this is not what we want.
“We believe that it isn’t even possible to cut ties with China.
“I think that if Americans should apply this policy, they would be shooting themselves in the foot.”
He said: “Do I think that you can sit down and decouple the United States economy from the Chinese economy?
“No, I think that was a policy option years ago. I don’t think it’s a reasonable policy option at this point.”
His office had no immediate comment on Trump’s tweet.
Mr Lighthizer said he expected to see more supply chains moving to the United States because of tax and regulatory changes, but also noted that the US-China trade deal would result in significant positive changes and increased Chinese purchases of US goods and services.