Trump behaves like a street-fighter in trade policy, China state media says

By EFE Ingles

China’s main official newspaper on Monday accused the President of the United States of acting like a street fighter in his trade policy of imposing tariffs and adding that Beijing would not surrender to his “extortion.”

The rare direct attack on Donald Trump comes after last week Washington and Beijing exchanged fresh threats of imposing new tariffs on each other’s exports, as part of a trade war kicked-off by the US on Jul. 6 when it introduced the first round of protectionist measures.

The overseas edition of the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, said in an editorial that US President Donald Trump was starring in his own “street fighter-style deceitful drama of extortion and intimidation,” adding that diplomacy had been reduced to a “trading game in which everything should follow the rule of America first”.

The article indicates a notable rise in China’s rhetoric against Trump, although the government and official media maintained a more restrained tone during the first few weeks of the trade war.

The article added that China would not bow down to “blackmail” and will defend its “national interests and national dignity.”

The editorial added that Trump had taken a unilateral path since coming to power and withdrawn or announced the withdrawal of the US from international pacts and bodies, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Paris Agreement against climate change, the United Nations Human Rights Council and the nuclear deal with Iran.

This article provided by NewsEdge.