Chief White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow has accused President Xi Jinping of stalling when it comes to negotiations over the ongoing US-China trade tensions, and called for the US team to take a harder line in a bid to force a resolution.
In an interview with CNBC, Kudlow said that Xi is “holding the game up” and that he does not believe the Chinese president has “any intention of following through on the discussions we made”, referring to the last round of talks between US and Chinese officials that took place several weeks ago.
China has not “responded at all, not one basis point, to our request to do something about the theft of intellectual property and the forced divestiture of our technology.”
The appropriation of sensitive US technology, or America’s “family jewels”, as Kudlow called it, is a particularly contentious issue for Washington that many believe is fuelling China’s own industrial ambitions.
Kudlow also suggested that his side’s more aggressive policy towards China had surprised and confused Beijing policymakers, whom he labelled “mafioso dons”.