China ‘threat to world’: Trump on Beijing’s military might
Washington: Expressing concern over China’s growing military might, US President Donald Trump has said the communist nation is a threat to the world and blamed his predecessors for not stopping it from stealing America’s intellectual property to bolster its defence capabilities. China has hiked its military spending by 7% to $152 billion as Beijing aims at countering America’s push into the disputed South China Sea.
“Obviously China is a threat to the world in a sense because they are building a military faster than anybody and frankly they are using US money,” Trump, who was accompanied by visiting Australian PM Scott Morrison, told reporters late on Friday.
Trump said the US presidents before him allowed China to take out $500 billion a year and more than that. “They have allowed China to steal our intellectual property and property rights and I’m not doing that,” he said. Trump also tried to put to rest speculation that he might settle for an interim deal to give markets a lift ahead of the presidential election next year. “I’m not looking for a partial deal. We’re looking for the big deal.”