The Trump administration has been moving systematically to put the regulatory pieces in place so it can credibly threaten China with limits on its exports, ­investment and other elements of the relationship. Illustration: Craig Stephens

The US is preparing for a trade war with China – don’t be fooled by the noise

Scott Kennedy says America’s new tools to exert regulatory pressure on China weren’t ready when Donald Trump touched down in Beijing, so he brought out the gongs to distract the world audience. But all-powerful Xi Jinping may have other ideas

Topic |   US-China relations

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The Trump administration has been moving systematically to put the regulatory pieces in place so it can credibly threaten China with limits on its exports, ­investment and other elements of the relationship. Illustration: Craig Stephens
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