Breaking News Home / World / White House statement draws Argentina in the US-China brawl November 30, 2018 World 0…
A routine White House press release describing a meeting between President Donald Trump and Argentine President Mauricio Macri on Friday caused an unexpected diplomatic dust formation when it attacked China’s economic behavior as “predators.”  The word choice, at the same time as is customary for the Trump administration, provides alarm clocks for Argentinian officials who host the Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of G20 summit, where the two countries will sign a trade pact. Rgentina has also spent millions of investment from Beijing over the past decade and hopes to announce on Sunday that $ 8 billion has been made to build a nuclear power plant.
Story Continued Below
The Argentine Chancellor Jorge Faurie tried to return to the White House statement and tell reporters that the tone of the meeting was “extremely cordial”.
“I do not think there was a reference [to China] in these terms,” says Faurie, according to the Argentinian agenda La Nación. The White House was not immediately available for comments.
In a statement released earlier in the day, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “Today, before the beginning of the G20 summit, President Trump and President Macri met breakfast to confirm the strong partnership between the United States and Argentina. The two leaders repeated their common commitment to meeting regional challenges such as Venezuela and rov China economic activity. “
White House wording can be seen as a single jab in the ongoing US-China trade party that has led to rising tariffs between the two nations . The rest of the statement was relatively common and noted, for example, “the two leaders repeated their joint commitment to meeting regional challenges like Venezuela” before they mentioned China.
But Trump administration is also increasingly concerned about China’s growing influence in Latin America. China’s intrusion in the region has caused some countries to adapt to Beijing. In May, the Dominican Republic broke down with Taiwan, the autonomous island, which is still not known by China.
Macri has also collaborated with Xi. China has invested $ 18.2 billion in Argentina – mainly in infrastructure – over the past decade.
But Argentina has tried to correct these investments without disturbing the United States, the other half of one of the world’s largest geopolitical rivalries. In this regard, Washington and Buenos Aires signed an Energy Partnership Agreement on Friday.
Yet, Trump’s behavior during his trip – his first past in Latin America – caused other “annoying” to Macri, according to local media. Trump was late for his morning meeting and released his translation head on the floor and complained: “I understood you better in your language than in the interpretation.”
The president also left Macri alone on the scene under a photo where he was a greeting leader, allegedly because of a misunderstanding.
Andrew Restuccia contributed to this report