A tirade on China trade war

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

SCOTT Mor­ri­son found him­self caught in the mid­dle be­tween Aus­tralia’s big­gest strate­gic ally and its big­gest trad­ing part­ner as Don­ald Trump tipped an­other bucket on China.

Amer­ica is locked in a trade war with China, which has put Aus­tralia in a dif­fi­cult po­si­tion as a weak­ened Chi­nese econ­omy will hurt our ex­ports.

Trump de­scribed China as a threat to the world as “they’re build­ing a mil­i­tary faster than any­body — and, frankly, they’re us­ing US money”.

Trump said only a “com­plete” deal with China on trade will be ac­cept­able.

“I’m not look­ing for a par­tial deal. I’m look­ing for a com­plete deal,” Trump told re­porters dur­ing a joint news con­fer­ence with Mor­ri­son.

Trump de­nied that he was un­der pres­sure to re­solve the trade war, adding: “I don’t think I need it be­fore the elec­tion” in 2020. “China is be­ing af­fected very badly. We’re not.”

He also claimed the US had col­lected al­most $100 bil­lion in tar­iffs on Chi­nese goods.

Mor­ri­son said he backed the US push to force China to stop its rou­tine vi­o­la­tion of for­eign com­pa­nies’ in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty. “We need to make sure that we all com­pete on the same play­ing field,” he said, adding that China can­not have “spe­cial rules”.

But he did ad­mit Aus­tralia had ben­e­fited greatly from China’s growth. Yes­ter­day’s sup­port of Trump was in con­trast to ear­lier com­ments, when he said he wor­ried about smaller economies suf­fer­ing col­lat­eral dam­age and the global sys­tem com­ing “un­der real pres­sure”.

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