While both the U.S. and China called this weekend’s meeting on trade very successful, many Chinese-language state media left out references to a 90-day condition for both sides to agree on issues such as technology transfer.
Trump tweet: China has agreed to reduce and remove tariffs on cars coming into China from the U.S. Currently the tariff is 40%.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s remarks and some articles also discussed how China would move toward controlling fentanyl, which is linked to the opioid crisis in the U.S.
Again, such a remark fell short of the second paragraph in the White House’s statement that: “President Xi, in a wonderful humanitarian gesture, has agreed to designate Fentanyl as a Controlled Substance, meaning that people selling Fentanyl to the United States will be subject to China’s maximum penalty under the law.”
In addition, Chinese state media did not mention the White House’s claim that “Xi also stated that he is open to approving the previously unapproved Qualcomm-NXP deal should it again be presented to him.”
However, English-language editorials in Global Times did note the 90-day condition, and mentions of the timeframe were scattered throughout private Chinese-language reports and social media discussion.
But WeChat users were unable to share a Chinese and English-language version of the White House Press Secretary’s statement from the U.S. embassy’s official WeChat account. The post had more than 100,000 views and 5,423 likes as of Monday morning. Users could share other embassy posts.
WeChat, developed by Chinese tech giant Tencent, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“The U.S. Embassy faces regular and routine blocking of social media posts in China,” according to a U.S. embassy spokesperson. “The U.S. believes the free flow of information, including citizens’ access to media, plays an important role in fostering mutual understanding.”