Beijing Tells Trump ‘Co-operation is Only Choice’ After he Selects China Hawk Peter Navarro for Trade Policy Office

Peter Navarro, center, with Mark Cuban, left. Mr. Navarro was picked on Wednesday to lead a new White House office overseeing American trade and industrial policy. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)
Peter Navarro, center, with Mark Cuban, left. Mr. Navarro was picked on Wednesday to lead a new White House office overseeing American trade and industrial policy. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

China has warned Donald Trump that “co-operation is the only correct choice” after the US president-elect tapped a China hawk to run a new White House trade policy office.

The appointment of Peter Navarro, a campaign adviser, to a formal White House post shocked Chinese officials and scholars who had hoped that Mr Trump would tone down his anti-Beijing rhetoric after assuming office.

Mr Navarro, a Harvard-trained economist and University of California Irvine professor, is the author of Death by China and other books that paint the country as America’s most dangerous adversary.

“Chinese officials had hoped that, as a businessman, Trump would be open to negotiating deals,” said Zhu Ning, a finance professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing. “But they have been surprised by his decision to appoint such a hawk to a key post.”

Adding to rising tensions between the two countries, the US Office of the Trade Representative yesterday put Alibaba, China’s biggest e-commerce platform, back on its “notorious markets” blacklist of companies accused of being involved in peddling fake goods.

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SOURCE: Financial Times