US President Donald Trump has accused China “broke the deal” in trade talks, ramping up hostilities ahead of negotiations between the two sides.
Concise News learnt that the comments came as Beijing said it would retaliate with “necessary countermeasures” if the US raises tariffs on Chinese products.
Mr Trump has vowed to more than double tariffs on $200bn (£152bn) of Chinese goods on Friday.
Despite that, the two sides are due to hold trade talks in the US on Thursday.
The Chinese delegation for the Washington talks is led by Vice Premier Liu He, one of the most powerful officials in China.
Mr Liu, who oversees the economy, is Harvard educated and speaks fluent English.
Ahead of the discussions, Mr Trump accused China’s leaders of breaking the deal the US was negotiating on trade.
“They broke the deal… They can’t do that. So they’ll be paying,” Mr Trump told supporters at a campaign rally in Florida.
He said if the two sides do not make a deal, there was “nothing wrong with taking in more than $100bn a year”.
The reason for the China pullback & attempted renegotiation of the Trade Deal is the sincere HOPE that they will be able to “negotiate” with Joe Biden or one of the very weak Democrats, and thereby continue to ripoff the United States (($500 Billion a year)) for years to come….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2019