Trump mulls ‘cutting off’ ties with China

US President Donald Trump has again condemned China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, threatening to end relations with Beijing.

“There are many things we could do. We could cut off the whole relationship,” Trump said in Thursday’s interview with Fox Business

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“Now, if you did, what would happen?” asked Trump rhetorically. “You’d save $500bn (£409bn) if you cut off the whole relationship.”

It was an apparent reference to a huge US deficit in bilateral trade with China.

Washington has for some time been considering pressing China for virus-related compensation, accusing it of initially withholding information about the outbreak.

China has repeatedly denied the accusations.

Trump’s anti-China rhetoric is seen by many as part of his re-election strategy for November’s presidential vote.

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