The Chinese finance minister, Lou Jiwei, has criticized Donald Trump, calling him “an irrational type” due to the Republican presidential frontrunner’s proposal that tariffs on imported Chinese goods be increased to up to 45%.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published on Sunday, Lou said: “Trump is an irrational type. If he were to do this, that would be in violation of the rules set by the World Trade Organization.”
Lou said that if the US put Trump’s proposal into effect, it “would not be entitled to its position as the world’s major power. The US needs to recognize that the US and China are mutually dependent on each other. Our economic cycles are intertwined.“
“They’ve taken our jobs, they’ve taken our money,” the billionaire businessman said at a campaign rally in Staten Island, New York. “We can’t continue to be ripped off like we’re being ripped off.”
Lou Jiwei says if proposal that tariffs on imported Chinese goods be raised to 45% were implemented, US ‘would not be entitled to be world’s major power’