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Trump said China was "getting way ahead of the United States”

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    Trump said China was "getting way ahead of the United States”
    by Liu Zhen
    jun 11

    What was on Donald Trump’s mind days before he decided to turn up the heat on China?

    Former US president Jimmy Carter has offered a clue, recalling a phone call they shared in April this year, three weeks before Trump threatened to dramatically raise tariffs on Chinese products.

    “The main thing that he emphasized to me was, the main purpose of his call, was to say very frankly to me on a private line that the Chinese were getting way ahead of the United States,” Carter said Sunday.

    What Trump said, according to Carter, underscores deepening worries in the US of the country being supplanted by China as the world’s leading power.


    Trump has sought to remedy what he considers unfair trade practices that helped China grow into the world’s second-biggest economy at the expense of the US.

    Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to meet later this month in Japan after talks to resolve the US-China trade war collapsed in May.

    Carter, who established formal diplomatic relations with China as president in 1979, recalled his conversation with Trump at a Sunday school in his native Georgia.

    "The Chinese are likely to be number one superpower economically within the next few years"
    - Jimmy Carter


    The 94-year-old had marked the 40th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Washington and Beijing with a warning of the risks of sliding into a “modern cold war.”

    Carter said Trump had called him in response to a letter he had sent about relations with China, adding that he was “delighted” and “surprised” to receive the call.

    “As you have heard to your concern perhaps, the Chinese are likely to be number one superpower economically within the next few years,” Carter told the congregation at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains.

    He then questioned what being a superpower meant, saying it’s “not just who has the most powerful military, but who is a champion of the finer things in life.”


    As a devout Christian who frequently teaches Sunday school classes, Carter said peace, the environment, human rights and equality were things all Christians should believe in.

    Carter, the longest-living former US president, was making his first public appearance since he had hip replacement surgery last month after a fall.


    https://www.inkstonenews.com/politi...ited-states-jimmy-carter-says/article/3013982
     
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    That's the way of the world.
     
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    Trump now admit that he can't bear the facts of US losing global economic dominance, and his motives is thus clear for his madness.
     
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    And China will continue to rise to the top and there's nothing the muricans can do.
     
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