US rules out second phase of trade deal with China

(File photo) Chinese President Xi Jinping (Right) with US President Donald Trump

United States has for the time being ruled out a second phase trade deal with China with President Donald Trump saying that the relationship between the two countries has been severely damaged with Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

“The relationship with China has been severely damaged. I don’t think about it now,” Trump told reporters on Friday from Air Force One when asked about the trade deal.

Earlier in the year, the Trump administration had signed a mega phase one deal with China, after intense negotiations between the two countries.

Relations between Washington and Beijing have spiralled downward since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. US President Donald Trump has questioned the Asian powerhouse”s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.