Why China is giving Trump a lot of bad advice on foreign policy
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump should make China “the biggest and most powerful country in the world” by 2025.
Trump’s recent statements have been met with widespread criticism, but Chinese leaders said the president’s tone has been too harsh.
Xi’s comments came during a wide-ranging meeting with Trump, including a discussion on China’s economic growth and trade.
Trump said China is “very bad” at manufacturing, a reference to its currency devaluation in 2017.
Xi said China should invest in infrastructure, including highways, airports and railroads.
Trump, who has pledged to boost American manufacturing, has accused Beijing of stealing U.T.O. technology and has accused China of manipulating the price of its commodities to make its exports more competitive.
China has promised to make $20 billion in infrastructure investments a year to help bolster its economic growth.
The president also said China was not taking advantage of America’s position as a leading global economic power, according to a transcript released by the White House.
Trump said he hopes the Chinese will “give us their best deal.”
China has been making efforts to diversify away from the American brand, which is seen as a major obstacle to Beijing’s economic rise.
Read moreChina’s economy grew by nearly 10 percent in 2017 and it plans to reach 7.4 percent growth this year.
But the economy remains underdeveloped, with a widening gap between rich and poor.