Relations between the two economic superpowers have sunk to new lows in recent months, with Washington and Beijing sparring over who’s to blame for the coronavirus pandemic, and engaged in separate spats on the Hong Kong protests, technology theft and trade.

US President Donald Trump says he doesn’t know whether China and the US will be able to get along after Beijing gave America the “very bad gift” of the coronavirus.

“Getting along with China would be a good thing. I don’t know if that’s gonna happen. I think they want to get along very much with us,” Trump said, speaking to reporters in Washington on Friday, referring to the US-China trade deal signed earlier this year.

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