On Wednesday, United States President Donald Trump said that he is the “chosen one” to wage a trade war with China and asserted that he’s winning.
“This is a trade war that should have taken place a long time ago,” Trump told reporters at the White House. He added: “Somebody had to do it. I am the chosen one.”
Trump routinely criticizes previous presidents for failing to take on what he says are China’s unfair trade practices.
China has called looming U.S. tariffs a violation of accords reached by Trump and Xi Jinping, vowing retaliation.
“Although the U.S. will delay tariffs on some Chinese goods, any new tariffs from America will unilaterally escalate the trade tensions,” China’s Ministry of Commerce Spokesman Gao Feng said in a press conference on Thursday. If the U.S. follows through with the new tariffs, China will have to take “corresponding measures” to retaliate. He said they will release those measures when they have more information about the specifics, without giving a set time frame.