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Pompeo Calls China’s Appeals for More Trade Openness a ‘Joke’

  • Secretary of State echoes Trump stance on trade relations
  • Labels China world’s ‘most predatory economic government’
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Mike Pompeo calls China’s appeals for greater trade openness a ‘joke.’ Bloomberg’s Haidi Lun and Joe Sobczyk report.(Source: Bloomberg)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo amplified President Donald Trump’s tough line in a brewing trade war with China in a speech on Monday, saying U.S. action was long overdue and calling Chinese appeals for greater economic openness “a joke.”

“Chinese leaders over these past few weeks have been claiming openness and globalization, but it’s a joke,” Pompeo told the Detroit Economic Club. “Let’s be clear. It’s the most predatory economic government that operates against the rest of the world today. This is a problem that’s long overdue in being tackled.”