Hedge fund manager Kyle Bass: 'There's been a trade war with China since 2001'

Hedge fund manager: Real economic growth may slow
Hedge fund manager: Real economic growth may slow

Kyle Bass, the founder and chief investment officer of Hayman Capital Management, believes that "there's been a trade war with China since 2001."

"The only side that's been fighting it, though, is China," he added.

While business leaders have warned that President Trump's tariffs could end up hurting US companies, Bass criticized what he described as a historically "pacifist" attitude towards trade with China.

"The US strategy has been unilateral disarmament, while China has basically taken over the trade relationship with the US," Bass told Richard Quest on CNNMoney's "Markets Now" on Wednesday.

Bass, who is known for anticipating the subprime mortgage crisis in 2007, said he doesn't expect much from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's planned visit to China. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the delegation will also include US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

"My own view is we're not going to see him get anywhere," he said.

Before he started the investment management company, Bass was a managing director at asset manager Legg Mason and a senior managing director at Bear Stearns.

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