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China's Top Trade Negotiator: "We Want Trump To Get Re-Elected"
11-08-2019, 10:38 AM,
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China's Top Trade Negotiator: "We Want Trump To Get Re-Elected"
China's Top Trade Negotiator: "We Want Trump To Get Re-Elected"

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<div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Amid the endless levitation of stocks with incessant "a trade deal is close" headlines, China's Long Yongtu - former vice-minister of foreign trade and point man during China’s 15-year talks to join the WTO, told an audience during Credit Suisse’s China Investment Conference yesterday in Shenzhen that,<em><strong> "we want Trump to be re-elected; we would be glad to see that happen."</strong></em></p>

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<p>While <a href="https://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/3036844/trade-negotiator-who-got-china-wto-rooting-trumps-re">SCMP reports</a> that Long doesn’t speak for China’s government in matters concerning the domestic affairs of other countries, the comment from <strong>someone considered the elder statesman of China’s trade diplomacy does offer a hint of the thinking in Beijing’s policymaking circle</strong>.</p>

<p>Specifically, Long explains that the US <strong>president's daily Twitter posts broadcast his every impulse</strong>, delight and peeve to 67 million followers around the world, <strong>making him “easy to read” and “the best choice in an opponent for negotiations.”</strong></p>

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<p>“Trump talks about material interests, not politics,” Long said in an interview with <em>South China Morning Post</em> in Shenzhen.<strong> </strong></p>

<p><strong>“Such an opponent is the best choice for negotiations.”</strong></p>
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<p>Contrary to what many politicians and business leaders think, <strong>Long does not believe the Trump administration has altered its approach to China in a fundamental way</strong>.</p>

<p>Long explains that, unlike his predecessors, Trump does not pick fights with China on hot-button geopolitical issues such as Taiwan or Hong Kong, where Beijing has little room to maneuver...</p>

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<p>“<strong>He makes the US decision-making process efficient and transparent, because he basically says what it is,</strong>” Long said of Trump.</p>

<p>“<strong>The pros of [having Trump] outweigh the cons. We don’t need to spend so much time figuring out what Americans want any more,</strong> or search for each other’s real thoughts in the dark, like we used to.”</p>
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<p><a href="https://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/3036844/trade-negotiator-who-got-china-wto-rooting-trumps-re">SCMP concludes </a>on an optimistic tone, noting that Long is optimistic the two countries will reach a trade resolution soon, as it is <strong>also in China’s interests to increase imports so as to become a trade superpower</strong>. </p>
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