Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says Chinese ties with the U.S. will continue to develop no matter who wins the U.S. presidential election.
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION China and the United States will keep developing positive relations no matter who wins November's U.S. presidential election, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told an economic forum in New York on Tuesday (September 20). Li declined to comment on which candidate he favoured. Republican Donald Trump has threatened to slap tariffs on Chinese goods and push for tougher trade talks if elected. His Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, has changed tack on trade, backing away from a Pacific trade pact she previously endorsed. "No matter who gets elected in the U.S. presidential election, I believe that China-U.S. ties will continue to grow steadily and in a positive direction," said Li, who is attending the opening general debate of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Li also pledged that China would not engineer a devaluation of its currency to boost exports for its economy, which is growing at its slowest rate in two decades. Some critics in Washington accuse Beijing of manipulating its currency, although the U.S. Treasury says its assessment is that it is not undervalued.