The US and China have been embroiled in an ever growing war of words since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. A trade deal agreed between the two countries has also been thrown into disarray, as well as recent Beijing laws on Hong Kong enraging the West.
The US President said that the US may pursue a “complete decoupling from China”.
It represents his most forceful statement on the country, but it is not clear what it is in response too.
He made the strong statement on Thursday on Twitter.
He also refuted earlier comments from US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who said a complete decoupling with China is not “a reasonable policy option.”
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Trump wrote: “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.”
Lighthizer told a congressional hearing on Wednesday that he believes US supply chains should be brought back from China.
But he also stressed that the countries’ economies should remain intertwined.
He said: “This issue of decoupling is a complicated one.
“Do I think supply chains should be brought back? Yes.
“Do I do think they should be brought back from China? Yes.
“Do I think they should be brought back from everywhere else? Yes.”