"... accepting the oversight and ultimate authority of the Communist Party would be a betrayal of their faith."
The lack of freedom of religion in China doesn't even merit a runner-up after "a trade deal" where Trump is concerned. Democracy is even lower than religion.
The only time "democracy" matters to the US government is when that democracy gets in the way of the US "capitalistically" controlling the world.
The US government doesn't even believe it's own "free trade" nonsense, let alone its freedom of religion and democracy talk.
That's what it all is, just talk, no action.