A farmer dries out soybeans in Liaocheng, in China’s eastern Shandong province, in October 2018. China has booked more than five million tonnes of US soybeans in December 2018, a fraction of the country’s typical purchases from the US. Photo: STR / AFP
Minxin Pei
Opinion

Opinion

Minxin Pei

US-China trade war is more about geopolitical rivalry, such as in the South China Sea, than soybeans

  • The decoupling of the American and Chinese economies would not only have grave economic consequences globally, but also unleash unfettered US-China rivalry. Beijing needs to make strategic, not simply trade-related, concessions to avoid this

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A farmer dries out soybeans in Liaocheng, in China’s eastern Shandong province, in October 2018. China has booked more than five million tonnes of US soybeans in December 2018, a fraction of the country’s typical purchases from the US. Photo: STR / AFP
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