Chinese Ambassador to US Warns of ‘troubling developments’ in Bilateral Relations

Cui Tiankai, Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons
Cui Tiankai, Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons

China’s US ambassador Cui Tianka has expressed his worry over President Trump’s indication to put tariff on Chinese still in a US National Governors Association’s meeting in Providence, Rhode Island.

China’s US ambassador Cui Tiankai has warned the US of ‘troubling developments’ between the nations.  This caution came after the US President Donald Trump’s comments to put quota and tariff on Chinese steel dumping came on Thursday. The Chinese ambassador alleged that such tarfiff would ‘derail’ the Chinese-USA relationship.

“More recently, there are some troubling developments on the issues that concern China’s vital interests and the issues that concern the critical foundation of our relations.” 

In a conversation with the journalists in Air Force One, President Trump earlier said, “Steel is a big problem. Steel is — I mean, they’re dumping steel. Not only China, but others. We’re like a dumping ground, OK? They’re dumping steel and destroying our steel industry, they’ve been doing it for decades, and I’m stopping it. It’ll stop.” He added that “There are two ways” and “Quotas and tariffs. Maybe I’ll do both.”

Indicating the US President’s comments Mr. Cui said, “More recently, there are some troubling developments on the issues that concern China’s vital interests and the issues that concern the critical foundation of our relations.”

Mr. Cui added, “I’m afraid the people behind such actions are either those who refuse to let go and update their mindset or those who play selfish political games, regardless of the big picture. If they succeeded, China-US relations could derail.”

I mean, they’re dumping steel. Not only China, but others. We’re like a dumping ground, OK? They’re dumping steel and destroying our steel industry, they’ve been doing it for decades, and I’m stopping it.

China’s steel exports to the USA is becoming a contentious topic as the USA is wary of Chinese ‘dumping’ of steels to the US market. The US Commerce Department is also conducting a review on importing  of steel.

Expecting a dialogue, Mr. Cui said: ”The two sides (China and the US) need to sit down and discuss all these things in a sensible way. I’m looking forward to a mutually beneficial outcome of [next week’s bilateral economic] dialogue.”


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