There have been lots of talks recently that The US and China may be inching towards a trade deal. But a deal has just not come along.
An agreement between the two biggest economies might be bad for both sides, and maybe for the world too.
The communist government has no sincerity at all to follow any rules when it comes to implementation. Donald Trump understands that both sides are playing games and he is ok with that as he too needs a game to fool around the Democrats and Wall Street financiers before his sure victory in the 2020 elections.
After ten rounds in nine months, the two sides are still locked in negotiations that have roiled markets and brought about uncertainties.
The gap of about ten percent is said to be US demand for structural change and protection of intellectual property. The two sides continue to argue on the “enforcement language” word by word in drafting a proper agreement.
What Donald Trump actually wants for structural change is a systematic change of the communist dictatorship. It defines a change in China’s political system, including taking down the notorious Great Firewall and returning the right of free speech to the Chinese people. It means the doom of the communist regime and the overthrow of the Communist Party of China.
Although the results are good for Chinese people, the Communist government would not like that to happen. So the prospect for any significant deal is dim.
Either side needs more time and patience. After the 90 days delay, there are talks about a possible deal signed in April, and now in late May as U.S. and Chinese officials are scheduling two more rounds of face-to-face trade talks in the coming two weeks.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plan to travel to Beijing the week of April 29, during which President Xi is preparing to host more than 40 world leaders at the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.
After that Chinese Vice Premier Liu He may come to Washington for negotiations during the week of May 6, and a deal might be possible after that.
But it is more probable that nothing will happen after two more rounds.
Earlier this week, Lu Kang, a spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, refuted Mike Pompeo’s slander on its relations with Latin America at a press briefing. This has made Pompeo very unhappy.
Lu Kang said, “In cooperation with Latin America, China is committed to the principle of mutual respect, equality, mutual benefit and win-win results. With shared development as the aim, such cooperation has given a strong boost to the economic development and improvement of people’s well-being in the region. US Secretary of State Pompeo’s attempts to slander China and sow discord between China and Latin American countries are irresponsible and nonsensical. We are strongly opposed to it.”
As always the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesmen are good at lifting a stone to have their own toes squashed. This time Lu Kang was no exception.
Lu Kang said with some calmness, “The US has long been treating Latin America as its backyard, where it would resort to willful use of pressure, threat or even subversion. People can tell right from wrong. I am sure Latin American countries are fully capable of telling a true friend from a false one who is ignoring rules and spreading chaos.”
Lu Kang challenged Pompeo like a good communist soldier, “I need to point out that for quite some time, certain US politicians have been touring the globe with the same script in their pockets to smear China, starting fires and fanning the flames and sowing discords. Such behaviors are really beneath their dignity. A lie will remain a lie, even if repeated a thousand times. Mr. Pompeo might as well take a break.”
I surely have some worries for Mr. Lu Kang to make such “low-level arguments”. He might be punished by the CCP government with such patriotic comments that can make all CCP’s negotiation efforts in vain and blow the trade deal into air.
Let’s see in about two months, some CCP leaders must come out to say, “The Foreign Ministry shall be blamed for failure to conclude a trade deal with the US.”
Everything is just beginning.
By Winnie Troppie