Former U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus appeared on Bloomberg Radio in an interview about where the U.S. currently stands with China. Here’s a summation of Baucus’s remarks.
- The President Trump is not standing up to China as forcefully as he should.
- China has been “disrespectful” on the U.S. trade imbalance, and is using U.S. trade as a bargaining chip with President Trump in negotiations regarding North Korea.
- “China sees North Korea as an irritant, but China does not want a Korean Peninsula being dislocated or fall apart. They don’t want [North Korean] refugees coming over, and they clearly don’t want the U.S. and South Korea to have a greater influence [in the Korean Peninsula].”