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‘This Is China Blinking’: After Trump’s Harsh Words, China Still Wants A Trade Deal, Says CNN Correspondent

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CNN correspondent Matt Rivers credited President Donald Trump with getting China to blink first on trade, after it was announced their Vice Premier would visit D.C.

“Given the harsher words coming out of D.C., there was some talk that Beijing would cancel the Chinese delegation’s trip … but it is going forward as planned,” Rivers said Tuesday on CNN’s “New Day.”

“And as you said, it’s an attempt by the Chinese to get these trade talks back on track. But make no mistake about it. In this game of last-minute brinkmanship between China and the United States, at least for now, this is China blinking.”

Vice Premier Liu He is set to join the Chinese delegation in Washington this week to meet with U.S. trade officials, according to CNBC.

Rivers said if China wanted to play hardball they’d have cancelled the meeting altogether and claimed their presence shows they want to make a deal.

“Had China chosen not to send a delegation to the U.S. this week, that would mean a deal was off for a long time,” he said.

“So by sending their chief economic negotiator to D.C., I think that shows you that China wants a deal to happen. They don’t want tariffs to go up. They’re nervous about that. And I think they’re taking the president and his advisers at their word, that tariffs would go up on Friday. I think there was some thought here in Beijing — they were surprised at what the president said. They weren’t expecting it, but they do want to get a deal done and sending their top negotiator means that they’re serious about that.”

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