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Donald Trump paid EYE-WATERING tax to China whilst avoiding US payments, new reports claim

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The figures relate to a China-based bank account linked to Mr Trump which paid $188,561 in tax between those two years. The amount has been claimed by the New York Times, which also revealed at least some of the president’s tax returns in the US last month.

Analysts say the amount of the President paid to China could undermine his efforts to appear tough on the country.

Earlier reporting showed Mr Trump paid $750 in US taxes in 2016 followed by another $750 in 2017 – the first year he was sworn in as president.

The US paper added the businessman paid no income tax at all in “10 of the previous 15 years”.

It is thought this is due to Mr Trump’s businesses losing more money than he earned.

Meanwhile, the President’s lawyer Alan Garten has said Mr Trump’s bank accounts in China were opened up specifically to pay local taxes there.

Mr Garten added the Trump Organisation had planned “to explore the potential for hotel deals in Asia”.

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Part of the President’s business empire involves the operation of upscale hotels, called Trump International Hotels Management.

However, Mr Garten told the New York Times such business deals never happened.

He said: “No deals, transactions or other business activities ever materialized and, since 2015, the office has remained inactive.”

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In addition to the $188,561 paid by Mr Trump to the Chinese government in tax, he also allegedly invested nearly $200,000 in as many as five firms which were looking to carry out business deals there.

Around the same time Mr Trump’s tax activity in China was published, the President appeared on an interview with US television programme 60 Minutes.

In it, he told reporter Lesley Stahl he considered China to be an “adversary” and “a foe in many ways”.

He added the country should “never have allowed” the coronavirus pandemic to have spread as far as it has.

Mr Trump’s bank account in the un-named Chinese bank is thought to be one of three he owns.

One is located in the United Kingdom and another in Ireland – both countries were the President operates golf courses.

However, Mr Trump’s UK and Irish golf courses are said to have recorded tens of millions of dollars’ worth of losses between 2010 and 2018.

All three – the Turnberry and International Golf Links Aberdeen in Scotland and Doonbeg in Ireland, lost a total of $64.6 million during this time.

The courses sometimes serve as a residential base for Mr Trump when he visits to the UK, inlcuidng in 2018.

Vice President Mike Pence has also stayed at the resorts whilst conducting official work in Europe.

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