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Trump's hint at severing ties with China set to further roil relations

He is seen trying to boost re-election chances by making China 'pay for virus'

That China-US relations are on the rocks was left in no doubt on Thursday, when US President Donald Trump told Fox News that there were "many things we could do" to China.

"We could cut off the whole relationship," he said, later adding that he does not want to talk to China President Xi Jinping - whom he has been careful not to criticise personally - at the moment.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 16, 2020, with the headline 'Trump's hint at severing ties with China set to further roil relations'. Subscribe