A FOX presenter and an anchor from the Chinese state put it in a rare TV debate about the trade war, while Washington and Beijing close the horns in a political impasse.
Trish Regan, who is organizing a prime time program at Fox Business, faced Liu Xin, an English-speaking journalist from CGTN yesterday.
Heated words were exchanged by the two high-profile news presidents on the same day that Beijing used a coded message for war to indicate it would stop exporting rare earth minerals to the United States – a movement that escalated tensions further.
FOX Business & Trish Regan (left) and CGTN & # 39; s Liu Xin (right) faced each other during a TV debate about the ongoing trade war. Both parties labeled the live session as & # 39; unprecedented & # 39;
Regan (46) had challenged Ms Liu (43) to hold the debate after Ms Liu had rejected her opinion on airborne trade war.
Ms. Liu is organizing a nightly opinion show called & # 39; The Point of Liu Xin & # 39; on CGTN, part of the CCTV of the Chinese state channel.
Both parties labeled the live session produced by FOX as & # 39; unprecedented & # 39 ;, as it was unusual for Chinese anchors of state-run media to clash with their western counterparts in such a striking way. .
Before the show, Ms. Liu said she wanted the American people to hear the other side of the argument.
Their 16-minute debate began with great tensions when Mrs. Regan accused her rival of being a member of the Communist Party of China, and therefore her opinion could be influenced by top leaders in Beijing.
Mrs. Regan (shown in 2012) had challenged Mrs. Liu to enter into the debate after her counterparty had rejected her opinion on airborne trade war. Their debate was broadcast by FOX yesterday
Ms. Liu hosts & # 39; The Point of Liu Xin & # 39; on CGTN, which is part of CCTV, the Chinese state channel
& # 39; Trish, I have to understand. I am not a member of the Communist Party of China. This is on the record, & Liu returned.
She said: & # 39; I only speak for myself as Liuxin, a journalist who works for CGTN & # 39 ;.
Mrs. Regan argued: & # 39; well, CGTN is part of CCP & # 39; for adding & # 39; ok, i appreciate & # 39 ;. Then she quickly got to work and asked Ms. Liu if she thought a trade deal was possible between their countries.
Ms. Liu, speaking from her studio in Beijing, admitted that it would not be possible unless & # 39; the United States treats the (Chinese) negotiating team with respect & # 39 ;.
& # 39; The Chinese government has made its position clear & # 39 ;, Liu said.
Regan then escalated tensions by claiming that China & # 39; hundreds of billions of dollars in intellectual property & # 39; of American companies.
& # 39; I think we all agree that it is never good to take something that is not yours … & # 39; she said.
Their debate began with great tensions when Ms. Regan (left) accused her rival of being a member of the Communist Party of China, which Liu (right) immediately denied
Surprisingly, her rival actually admitted IP infringements, copyright issues, piracy and even # theft of trade secrets & # 39; by Chinese companies.
She said: & # 39; I think that is something that needs to be addressed. & # 39;
Then she added: & # 39; There are companies in the United States that always sue each other for infringing IP rights.
& # 39; You cannot simply say that these cases happen, steal America or steal China. & # 39;
The Chinese anchor also stressed that & # 39; China wants to grow up & # 39; while being questioned about Beijing – the second largest economy in the world – still lends to the World Bank.
Ms. Liu argued: & # 39; Remember that we have 1.4 billion people – that's more than three times the population of the United States. & # 39;
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Chinese President Xi Jinping visited a company in rare earth in South China last week
Towards the end of the debate, tensions exchanged again when Ms. Regan asked Ms. Liu about her opinion on & # 39; state capitalism & # 39; from China.
& # 39; Your system of economy is very interesting, & # 39; said Mrs. Regan.
Ms. Liu was quickly correcting Ms. Rean with the term & # 39; socialism with Chinese characteristics & # 39; but insisted that & # 39; not everything is controlled by the state … we are very open & # 39 ;
The debate has received much attention from both countries due to the sensitive timing.
Both Mrs Regan and Mrs Liu responded to the debate afterwards.
The United States is highly dependent on China for rare earth products. Beijing represented 80 percent of imports of rare earth metals into the US between 2014 and 2017. Estonia is the second largest exporter of rare earth metals to the United States, accounting for only six percent of the total volume
China is considering a ban on exporting rare earths to the United States, which could go beyond the cost of everything from LED light bulbs to telephones. Shown are samples of rare earth minerals (from left) Cerium oxide, Bastnasite, Neodymium oxide and Lanthanum carbonate
Mrs. Regan called it & # 39; refreshing & # 39; and & # 39; important & # 39; before thanking Liu Xin for her participation.
She wrote in a Facebook post: & # 39; Although we may disagree about some things, respectful discussion is an important part of being aware. & # 39;
Ms. Liu said she did not consider it a & # 39; debate & # 39; considered.
& # 39; Really, (it was) just a chat & # 39 ;, she said in an interview with CGTN after the FOX show.
She noted that she had said what she had to say and hoped that her words would stay with the American people.
China hinted yesterday that the trade war with the US could lead to real war with a coded warning, as it threatens to stop the export of essential & # 39; rare earths & # 39; minerals.
A commentary in People's Daily, the mouthpiece of China's ruling Communist Party, said today, "Don't say we didn't warn you!" – what a diplomatic term usually reserved by Beijing as a sign of the start of armed warfare.
The statement came a day after a senior Chinese editor said that Beijing is seriously considering & # 39; to limit exports to the US of rare earths, 17 chemical elements used in hospital scanners, nuclear power plants and LED lamps.
In response, the Pentagon said yesterday that the US Department of Defense had submitted a report to Congress on rare earth minerals because Washington is striving to reduce US dependence on China.
Between 2014 and 2017, China represented 80 percent of the imports of rare earth metals to the United States.
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