NATIONAL — President-elect Donald Trump says he’s going to put the U.S. in charge of the world’s most important economy, saying that the world needs “the best Chinese” to make it happen.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal published Thursday, Trump said China “needs the best Chinese people” to do their job.
Trump has long been critical of China and the Chinese Communist Party, calling it a “rogue” power that “doesn’t have to be friendly” with the U, and has repeatedly called on the U to get tough on China.
He has said he wants to get China to open up more to the world.
Trump has called China a “currency manipulator” and a “rapist” who “tries to do everything she can to steal our jobs, steal our wealth.”
He also criticized China for trying to keep prices down, saying the Chinese “don’t want to pay for the things that are going on in China, like high-speed rail.”
The president-elect said the U.’s ability to manage the Chinese economy would be “very difficult.”
“The United States will have to put a lot of pressure on China to get them to do what’s needed to make this thing work,” he said.
Trump said China’s economy has “skyrocketed” over the past decade, adding that China’s leaders have “really done a great job.”
China’s economy grew at an annual rate of 6.6% in 2020, according to the International Monetary Fund.
The president also said China is a “fantastic place” for trade and investment.
“I’m very excited to start renegotiating the massive trade deal with China,” Trump said.
But the president-of-elect has said his first order of business would be to renegotiate the trade agreement with the Chinese, and said the trade deal is “not going to be very good.”