Beijing says cooperation between the U.S. and China must continue despite critical comments made about China by President-elect Donald Trump. One analyst says, “if Trump thinks he’s going to out-negotiate the Chinese he’s got another thing coming”. Mana Rabiee reports.
(REUTERS / RESTRICTED POOL) – President–elect Donald Trump is again criticizing China for its economic policies and failure to rein in North Korea.
Now, Beijing says those differences of opinion are part of the “status-quo” between the two countries, but that Washington and Beijing must work to — quote– “manage those differences and forge ahead anyway in areas of common interest.
CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, LU KANG speaking to reporters on Friday.
CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, LU KANG,
“We hope that we continue in this spirit with the new U.S. government.”
Trump’s tough stance on China might be welcome by the foreign business community.
But U.S.–China analyst James McGregor says Trump still needs to play a careful game.
CHAIRMAN OF APCO PUBLIC RELATIONS CONSULTANCY, GREATER CHINA, JAMES MCGREGOR,
“The Chinese are master negotiators and if Trump thinks he’s going to out-negotiate the Chinese he’s got another thing coming. I think they’ll actually be able to play him on his ego and his inability to really study the issues.”
Trump repeatedly criticized China during the presidential campaign.
McGregor says the Chinese will know how to retaliate and will make a big noise in Washington, to push their own interests on a Trump administration.