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US President Donald Trump says a Complete Decoupling from China remains a Policy Option for the United States

  • The US President Donald Trump has negated the claims of his top US trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer and said that the US “certainly does maintain a policy option, under various conditions, of a complete decoupling from China.” Trump’s tweet comes a day after Lighthizer told a congressional committee that his diplomats have held high-level talks with China and severing the trade relationship was not a viable option. He also said that China is living up to the terms of a “phase one” trade agreement. During his talks with the senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi, Mike Pompeo (the US secretary of state and the outspoken critic of China) urged greater transparency (during China’s reporting on fresh COVID-19 cases in Beijing) during talks in Hawaii. Meanwhile, the US President Donald Trump signed a law that called for punishing the Chinese officials who are involved in human rights abuses against Uighur Muslim minority in China. China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the United States should “immediately correct its mistakes and stop using this Xinjiang-related law to harm China's interests and interfere in China's internal affairs…otherwise China will resolutely take countermeasures.”