US President Donald Trump takes part in a meeting with China's Vice Premier Liu He in the White House on February 22. Beijing knows, following the conclusion of the Mueller report, that Trump’s chances of re-election have risen, creating increased incentive for an agreement. Photo: AFP US President Donald Trump takes part in a meeting with China's Vice Premier Liu He in the White House on February 22. Beijing knows, following the conclusion of the Mueller report, that Trump’s chances of re-election have risen, creating increased incentive for an agreement. Photo: AFP
US President Donald Trump takes part in a meeting with China's Vice Premier Liu He in the White House on February 22. Beijing knows, following the conclusion of the Mueller report, that Trump’s chances of re-election have risen, creating increased incentive for an agreement. Photo: AFP
Andrew Hammond
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Andrew Hammond

China and Donald Trump both want a trade agreement soon, but it’s far from a done deal

  • With Trump riding high after the Mueller report, he and China see a need to strike a deal soon. But the US president faces pressure at home to stay tough, and has proven willing to walk away before

US President Donald Trump takes part in a meeting with China's Vice Premier Liu He in the White House on February 22. Beijing knows, following the conclusion of the Mueller report, that Trump’s chances of re-election have risen, creating increased incentive for an agreement. Photo: AFP US President Donald Trump takes part in a meeting with China's Vice Premier Liu He in the White House on February 22. Beijing knows, following the conclusion of the Mueller report, that Trump’s chances of re-election have risen, creating increased incentive for an agreement. Photo: AFP
US President Donald Trump takes part in a meeting with China's Vice Premier Liu He in the White House on February 22. Beijing knows, following the conclusion of the Mueller report, that Trump’s chances of re-election have risen, creating increased incentive for an agreement. Photo: AFP
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Andrew Hammond

Andrew Hammond

Andrew Hammond is an associate at LSE IDEAS (the Centre for International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy) at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was formerly a UK goverment special adviser at a time when Britain last held the presidency of the European Union.