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Trump needs to curb China trade rhetoric: ex-Mnuchin aide

2020 election could bring needed moderation by US, former Treasury official says

American rhetoric toward China has grown too harsh, said Craig Phillips, who served as counselor to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin until June.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Washington's trade rhetoric on China has "gotten way out of control," but the upcoming presidential election might inject some moderation into the dialogue, a former top aide to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told the Nikkei Asian Review.

"I do think the administration has to change the tone of the negotiation" to straighten out trade relations with Beijing, Craig Phillips said in an interview Sunday on the sidelines of the Chinese Finance Association annual conference here.

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