China presses Europe on anti-U.S. trade alliance

China presses Europe on anti-U.S. trade alliance
Donald Trump with Chinese President Xi Jinping (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – They’ll have to learn the hard way, it seems.  I’m not a fan of Trump’s tariffs myself, but if you think whatever you know about trade policy is going to be vindicated over Trump’s Tariff Poker, well, I guess you’ll have to learn the hard way too.  What’s funny is how people keep thinking their “thing that they know for sure is so” will be the one that knocks Trump over, when none of the rest of them have.  This is not in our hands, folks.]

China is putting pressure on the European Union to issue a strong joint statement against President Donald Trump’s trade policies at a summit later this month but is facing resistance, European officials said.

In meetings in Brussels, Berlin and Beijing, senior Chinese officials, including Vice Premier Liu He and the Chinese government’s top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, have proposed an alliance between the two economic powers and offered to open more of the Chinese market in a gesture of goodwill.

One proposal has been for China and the European Union to launch joint action against the United States at the World Trade Organisation.

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