U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he does not want to speak with his Chinese counterpart, as he hints at ending the world’s largest trade relationship amid growing tensions over the coronavirus pandemic.
In an interview with Fox Business Network, the president of the United States said he had “excellent relations” with Chinese president Xi Jinping, but that “he doesn’t want to talk to him right now.”
“There are many things we could do, we could cut the whole relationship.
“I am very disappointed in Beijing for its inability to block the virus at its source.”
“He was stupid, incompetent or deliberate,” he added.
He also reiterated that he was not interested in reopening negotiations on the phase one trade agreement agreed with Beijing earlier this year, which had served as a ceasefire in an ongoing trade war.
In addition, he claimed that the Chinese government tried to steal U.S. research on coronavirus vaccines and treatments.
According to him, the FBI and the infrastructure of the Department of Internal Security and the Cyber Security Agency warned Wednesday that hackers linked to the Chinese government were targeting U.S. organizations that were working on a viral response.
Also speaking, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the Chinese government to stop the malicious activity of attempting to hack US organizations working on a viral response.
He said: “The United States condemns attempts by non-traditional cyber actors and collectors affiliated with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to steal U.S. intellectual property and data related to COVID-19 investigations.
“The behavior of the PRC in cyberspace is an extension of its counterproductive actions during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
He also accused the Chinese government of continuing to silence scientists, journalists and citizens as he spread misinformation, which exacerbated the dangers of this health crisis.