The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) mishandling of the CCP Virus put the continuity of the trade agreement with the United States at risk, President Trump said.

Various media outlets that were at the press conference held at Air Force One reported that President Trump said, “The relationship with China [the CCP] has been severely damaged (…) they could have stopped the plague, they could have stopped it, they didn’t stop it. They stopped it from going into the remaining portions of China from Wuhan Province. They could have stopped the plague, they didn’t.”

When journalists pressed him to respond on how the trade agreement with the CCP would proceed, he deflected the response by saying he had other things on his mind, implying that at least for the time being there was no plan to continue. 

Since taking office, President Trump has begun to fulfill his campaign promise to take action to protect U.S. industry from unfair competition from the CCP, intellectual property theft, and cyberattacks.

But in 2018, a real trade war began. The White House understood the growing trade deficit as a result of unfair practices on the part of the CCP. As a result, President Trump pushed a series of tariffs on Chinese imports and other barriers that deepened the crisis in the bilateral relationship. 

After intense negotiations between the two, in early 2020, the United States and the CCP signed phase 1 of what promised to be a major trade agreement. In what marked the beginning of the agreement, the United States pledged to phase out all tariffs recently imposed on Chinese imports in exchange for the CCP increasing its imports of U.S. goods and services by a total of $200 billion. 

The tariff reduction would be effective if phase 2 of the agreement is achieved. But from what President Trump said yesterday, this would not be feasible, at least not yet.

For the past four months, the relationship between the U.S. government and the CCP has weakened exponentially. President Trump and his administration have constantly questioned and denounced the CCP’s mishandling of the spread of the virus from the beginning.

 

Added to the situation are statements made from the White House regarding the new security law imposed by the CCP in Hong Kong, which puts at risk the freedoms and autonomy of its citizens as it was repeatedly denounced. As well as the growing tension in the South China Sea, where the occupation and military expansion by the CCP forced the United States in some way to compensate militarily to control and guarantee free movement.