Donald Trump asks China for plan to cut $100 billion off US trade gap
Washington: The Trump administration asked China for a plan to cut the annual US trade deficit with the nation by $100 billion, a reduction of more than 25% from last year’s gap, a White House official said.
The US trade shortfall in goods with China surged 8.1% during the first year of Trump’s presidency, reaching a record $375 billion, according to Commerce Department data released last month.
President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Wednesday that China had been asked for a $1 billion reduction in the trade deficit, understating the demand by a factor of 100. The larger request was reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal.
Trump has repeatedly complained about America’s trade deficit with China, expressing his disappointment with the growing shortfall in a recent phone call with president Xi Jinping. The US president has threatened a host of actions to constrain China, including tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum he plans to announce Thursday. Bloomberg
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