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We had to wait a few weeks to see how the Beijing communists and Xi Jinping hardliners were positioned for new trade talks; and now things make sense.
Initially it seemed at odds with Beijing’s prior position to restart U.S-China trade negotiations with Vice-Premier Liu He. The prior three months of negotiation came to a collapse when Beijing resoundingly rejected the trade terms organized by Liu He. If the Red Dragon was so opposed to conciliatory terms, why would team Xi restart with the same negotiator? Now it makes sense, they didn’t.
China - Commerce - Minister - Zhong - Shan
China’s Commerce Minister Zhong Shan has been assigned the role to harden the position of the communist regime and override any panda presentations by Liu He. Vice-Premier Liu retains the panda mask, but Zhong is the ultimate control agent. The message within Zhong’s placement tells the true nature of the Chinese position: Trade War !
Beijing attempts to downplay the position of their hard-line commerce addition, but the reality of the re-started trade discussions tells a more fulsome story. Chairman Xi took the strategically presented bait and is going to engage in full confrontational trade war with President Trump and the U.S. team.
SCMP - Participation - China - Commerce - Minister
SCMP – The participation of China’s Commerce Minister in the latest trade discussion with the United States was “normal”, China’s Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday, playing down the eye-catching change in Beijing’s negotiating team.
on June 29.
Zhong - Xi - Meetings - Trump - Buenos
While Zhong had previously accompanied Xi at meetings with Trump in both Buenos Aires and Osaka, this was the first time that he had joined in direct conversations with US trade negotiators, a move that put him front and centre in the talks.
At a press conference in Beijing, asked why Zhong was on board, Gao Feng, the ministry’s spokesman, said it was “quite normal” as “the [Commerce] Ministry is in charge of trade...
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