USA wants China, Germany to do more to cut trade surpluses

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Geoffrey Garrett, an American political economist, said U.S. President Donald Trump was right not to label China as "currency manipulator", a term reflecting one of several misconceptions from the West about the Chinese economy.

However, the U.S. Treasury report noted that it will "scrutinize" China's trade and currency intervention practices.

The expert, who heads the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, gave the remarks while addressing the Penn Wharton China Summit opened here Saturday. If they are unable to do so, the US, with its allies, will!

In a Wall Street Journal interview, Trump said China hasn't manipulated the yuan for months, but accused some nations that he didn't identify of devaluing their currencies and saying the dollar is getting too strong.

Here's a sample of Trump 2016 rhetoric on the issue: "If they don't solve that problem, we should be very tough on them on trade-meaning, start charging them tax or start cutting them off". He promised to label the country a currency manipulator on Day One of his administration. He considered a country's contribution to global growth the "real important indicator" of the world economy.

Before the meetings between the Chinese and U.S. Presidents a week ago, tensions were running high. However, Garrett said the number "is narrowly true but misses a lot of things".

Still, despite that reversal, the report said a decade of holding down the renminbi had imposed "significant and long-lasting hardship on American workers and companies" and left China with the largest trade surplus of any country against the United States - $347 billion previous year.

As it turned out, this was exactly the case as investors waited to see what might transpire in the Korean peninsula, where the sabre-rattling from the North has been rising in magnitude after the United States despatched an aircraft carrier group to the region. But, he said he still thinks there's room for China to do more.

Mr. Trump has approached foreign policy more aggressively than he said he would during his campaign, when he said he campaigned "explicitly" against foreign intervention, said Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent at Slate.

Other countries on the list are Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Germany, and Switzerland. Recent firing of 59 Tomahawk missiles from its warship by the United States in Syria and dropping mother of all bombs in Afghanistan near the Pakistan border are all signals America is giving to North Korea that if it carries out its sixth ballistic missile test then U.S. will bomb it.

US President Donald Trump would prefer to let China take the lead on dealing with North Korea, but he's willing to consider a sudden strike.

Trump is expected to continue to pressure its trading partners, including Korea, to weaken the USA greenback.

"Now it appears that China is changing its tune, perhaps because of incentives from President Trump, that they would not make China's currency manipulated".

Former Conservative foreign secretary Sir Malcom Rifkind said it was possible the weapon either malfunctioned or was sabotaged by a U.S. cyberattack.

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