China, other countries won't swallow America's 'poisonous' trade pills: Chinese media

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 16, 2018, 04.39 PM(IST)

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Washington's comment has made international observers uncomfortable suggesting that the country may soon assume the power to bully other countries.

A commentary piece published in Chinese media has criticised Trump administration's stance on international trade noting that China and other countries will not swallow the "poisonous pills" that the United States is wanting them to accept. 

The commentary comes shortly after the United States suggested that it has the power to terminate the recently-signed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) if the two others form a free trade agreement with a "non-market country", news agency Reuters reported.

Washington's comment has made international observers uncomfortable suggesting that the country may soon assume the power to bully other countries.

The article published on China Radio International's website on Monday argues that the United States cannot influence the diplomatic choices made by other countries or prevent normal and justified trade decisions.

News agency Reuters carries the entire text of the article published on China Plus which states that the agreement by the United States features "poison pill" and is neither free nor fair.

The piece goes on describe the deal as an "unequal treaty" under the dominance of the "America First" principle. It adds that Washington has deprived Canada and Mexico of its sovereignty and freedom by virtue of its position as a domineering trade power.

The commentary lambasts the United States' international trade policy accusing it of creating "an exclusive trading system" to isolate China.

"No economy in the world is willing to give up the opportunity to trade with China," the piece claimed. It concluded on the note that those who are paranoid would "self-righteously believe"in such a trade practice as established by the Trump administration.

(With inputs from Reuters)