FAST FIVE: Beijing Slams Washington's Latest "Feeble Attempt" To Set Up Trump-Xi Meeting

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With the deadline for arranging a meeting between the two world leaders coming down to the wire, Beijing would apparently like to make it clear to Washington that, if Trump wants a meeting with Xi in Osaka, he's going to need to work a little bit harder.

On an already busy Tuesday morning, Global Times editor Hu Xijin brushed off what he described as a feeble attempt by Washington to ease tensions with China in a tweet, threatening to revive trade fears as markets continue their MTD rebound.

Chinese people are now very distrustful of Washington, whose every move seems to be either a trick or bargaining chip.

pic.twitter.com/8vxHRcDj0D – Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) June 18, 2019 Of course, he was referring to a Bloomberg story about how Mike Pence delayed a speech set for the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre earlier this month in an attempt to curry favor with Beijing.

Hu described this as a sign that Beijing is no longer playing games.

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