U.S. President Donald Trump makes an announcement about U.S. trade relations with China and Hong Kong in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 29, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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Outgoing President Trump is planning increased sanctions and other measures against China before he leaves the White House, according to multiple reports.

Trump is considering a number of moves against The Communist Party of China, Bloomberg reported, including further sanctions against party officials and institutions involved in China’s oppression of Hong Kong and Xinjiang, combating illegal fishing, and shielding US tech companies from Chinese exploitation.

The moves, expected in the next few weeks, are designed at least partly to leave President-elect Joe Biden with little room to manoeuvre in regards to Washington’s relationship with Berlin, according to Bloomberg.

CNN reported that the Trump administration believes it will box in the incoming Biden administration when it comes to dealing with Beijing, citing government officials.

The US-China relationship has deteriorated over the course of Trump’s presidency over issues including trade, China’s actions in Hong Kong, and the outbreak of the coronavirus which Trump has blamed on Beijing and dubbed “the China virus.”

An Axios report suggests that the Trump administration is also considering expanding a Defense Department list of Chinese companies that are blocked from US investment due to their links to the Chinese military. Officials …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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