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Trump again threatens to cut China ties after US official ruled it out

President contradicts top China trade negotiator as Washington questions Beijing Covid-19 outbreak numbers Donald Trump has renewed his threat to cut ties with China, a day after his diplomats held high-level talks with Beijing and his top US trade negotiator said severing the trade relationship was not a viable option. The conflicting stances emerged as Washington questioned China’s credibility on accurately reporting the new Covid-19 cluster in Beijing. Continue reading...
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