Former US Ambassador to China on the current state of play

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Former U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus appeared on Bloomberg Radio in an interview about where the U.S. currently stands with China.  Here’s a summation of Baucus’s remarks.

  • The President Trump is not standing up to China as forcefully as he should.
  • China has been “disrespectful” on the U.S. trade imbalance, and is using U.S. trade as a bargaining chip with President Trump in negotiations regarding North Korea.
  • “China sees North Korea as an irritant, but China does not want a Korean Peninsula being dislocated or fall apart.  They don’t want [North Korean] refugees coming over, and they clearly don’t want the U.S. and South Korea to have a greater influence [in the Korean Peninsula].”

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