The ongoing trade war between the United States and China is showing no signs of slowing down. Earlier this month, President Donald Trump accused China of meddling in the 2016 presidential elections as well as in the upcoming elections.
China’s ambassador to the U.S., Cui Tiankai, came forward refuting the allegations that his country has any intentions of interfering in next month’s congressional elections in the US. He reiterated that it was not China who started the trade war or began imposing duties first.
Trade talks between the two countries have come to a halt especially after Trump warned that he’d move forward with his biggest round of tariffs yet, hitting $200 billion of imports.
During a recent interview with CNN chief business correspondent Christine Romans, when White House trade adviser Peter Navarro was asked when people can expect the ongoing trade war to get over, he said that everything now depends on China.
“The balls are in China’s court,” Navarro said.
However, he refused to offer a time frame for how long it will take the US President to come to a trade deal with China amid escalating rounds of tariffs.
There are reports that President Donald Trump is going to meet with China’s president, Xi Jinping, next month at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While people are expecting that the meeting between the two leaders might likely bring an end to the ongoing trade war, Navarro has clarified that meeting is “not a trade negotiation by any means.”
He added that China is yet to address the issues raised by the Trump administration of engaging in unfair trade practices. In fact, he believes some practices have gotten worse.
“They’re moving in the opposite direction,” Navarro said. “There are thousands and thousands of people who work for the Chinese government just hammering us, hammering us through cyber-espionage.”