China ‘threat to world’: Trump on Bei­jing’s mil­i­tary might

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

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.”

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