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Trump sees a China trade through a new prism: the 2020 election

In recent weeks, however, Trump's campaign advisor has also begun echoing the non-compromise approach, according to a former official. That, coupled with Mr Biden's potential political weakness in China, has shifted Trump's thoughts away from those who called for an agreement. At his rally in Panama City, Fla, Mr. Trump claimed that Mr Biden told supporters that foreign leaders told him they were hoping he would defeat Mr Trump 2020. "Of course they do," the president said to his crowd. , "so they can continue to tear off the United States". . Trump, the decision to abandon trade negotiations with China will lead to more than politics. Trade is one of the few issues where he has deeply rooted ideological beliefs dating back to the 1980s. Mr Trump looks at his aggressive tactics with Beijing as a way to break a pattern of Chinese dissembling which he claims has characterized China's negotiations with the three latest US presidents. From the earliest days of Mr. Trump's Presidency, he has looked at a trade as an important political victory and made it one of his top priorities. At the beginning of this year, he had become impatient with the pace of the negotiations and began pushing his advisers for a deal. In February, as negotiators were still preparing a text, he explained the idea of ​​a "signing summit" with President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago, his club in Palm Beach, Fla. Mr. Trump's eagerness for a deal called on Mnuchin and Robert Lighthizer,…

In recent weeks, however, Trump’s campaign advisor has also begun echoing the non-compromise approach, according to a former official. That, coupled with Mr Biden’s potential political weakness in China, has shifted Trump’s thoughts away from those who called for an agreement.

At his rally in Panama City, Fla, Mr. Trump claimed that Mr Biden told supporters that foreign leaders told him they were hoping he would defeat Mr Trump 2020. “Of course they do,” the president said to his crowd. , “so they can continue to tear off the United States”.

. Trump, the decision to abandon trade negotiations with China will lead to more than politics. Trade is one of the few issues where he has deeply rooted ideological beliefs dating back to the 1980s. Mr Trump looks at his aggressive tactics with Beijing as a way to break a pattern of Chinese dissembling which he claims has characterized China’s negotiations with the three latest US presidents.

From the earliest days of Mr. Trump’s Presidency, he has looked at a trade as an important political victory and made it one of his top priorities.

At the beginning of this year, he had become impatient with the pace of the negotiations and began pushing his advisers for a deal. In February, as negotiators were still preparing a text, he explained the idea of ​​a “signing summit” with President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago, his club in Palm Beach, Fla.

Mr. Trump’s eagerness for a deal called on Mnuchin and Robert Lighthizer, US Trade Representative, to give him overly optimistic reports of their progress, according to a person who knows the talks, to avoid both his anger and an impulsive tweet or statement that can complicate the conversation.

On Friday night, after another visit by Mr Mnuchin and Mr. Lighthizer to Beijing, the Chinese sent the Americans a diplomatic cable that contained a heavily edited version of the text the two sides had worked on, with changes to all seven chapters of the 150-page document. Among other things, the changes went back to commitments to codify certain parts of the agreement into Chinese law.

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