Blinken doubled down on a warning he issued earlier Friday on how China will respond if it defends Taiwan and has lost to the U.S. if those fighting words are taken literally.
“Let me say to President Xi Jinping, ‘Let’s see what you’re going to do, because I think if you play with fire you will not only lose, I think you will have terrible consequences, ‘ and that was that,” the president said.
The comments came as Trump on Saturday, said that “we’ll always have China’s back. We have a great relationship. It’s a good relationship. It’ll probably never change, but we don’t want to get into that, frankly.”
Still, he added, “I’ve always felt a little sad that our relationship with China has been in that form.”
This comes in the wake of his claim that he would have “done it different,” if he were president.
In his China memo, Trump’s top economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the two countries had reached a deal on trade but said Xi wasn’t willing to make concessions, according to a transcript of an interview posted by Axios.
And, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Liu He, China’s special representative for the North Korean nuclear negotiations and senior economic advisor to Xi, told the U.S. on Thursday that China would not place new tariffs on U.S. farm and oil products.
The tentative deal would also include an agreement for the U.S. to declare a cease-fire on tariffs, according to the Wall Street Journal, and that negotiations would restart between the U.S. and China in the future.
Trump said an announcement on a decision would come “very soon.”
Trump said an announcement on a decision would come “very soon.” Kudlow told reporters at a briefing Friday that an announcement would come within “the next week” and a final document would be released “soon.”
told reporters at a briefing Friday that an announcement would come within “the next week” and a final document would be released “soon.” Earlier Friday, Trump tweeted “We have made enormous progress but it is not yet complete. We will not hesitate to add new tariffs if necessary. Period!”