At a press conference on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Caixin’s US correspondent Zhang Qi asks Donald Trump if China and the United States are strategic partners, competitors or enemies.
No, I think we are gonna be strategic partners, I think we can help each other. In the end, we can help …. If the right deal is structured, we could be great for each other. If China would open up, you are opening up a tremendous, you know the largest market in the world. Right now China is not open to the United States, but we are open to China, that should have never really been allowed to happen.
I asked @realDonaldTrump whether China and the U.S. are partners, competitors or enemies. “We are going to be strategic partners, we can help each other. “ He also urged China to reach the “right deal” and to open up its “tremendous” market to the U.S. pic.twitter.com/0DadXVa6S6
— Olivia Qi Zhang (@zhang_qiii) June 29, 2019
Contrast this to his declaration in Dec 2017 that China and Russia are rivals in a ‘new era of competition’:
As recently as May, Trump was pooh-poohing Biden’s remarks that China was ‘not competition for us’.
Biden had earlier said, “China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man. You know, they’re not bad folks, folks. But guess what, they’re not — they’re not competition for us.”
Trump criticizes Biden's economic view that China is "not competition for us” https://t.co/PvzRwCzoF6
— Bloomberg (@business) May 21, 2019
A new survey by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs released on June 27 now reports a majority of Americans see China as “mostly rivals”, rather than “mostly partners”.
This was a shift of about 14 percentage points over the last year as Trump ratcheted up his trade war with China.
A majority of Americans (63%) now describe the United States 🇺🇸 and #China 🇨🇳 as mostly rivals, up from 49 percent who said the same in March 2018. Only one in three (32%) say the two are mostly partners. Read more from the new report by @ckafura: https://t.co/J9WJoX1huF pic.twitter.com/5OQyBcOWiA
— The Chicago Council (@ChicagoCouncil) June 29, 2019