Top US and Chinese officials, led by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (left, second from bottom) and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He (right, second from bottom), attend the latest round of talks in Washington to try to bridge the chasm between the world’s two largest economies. Photo: AFP Top US and Chinese officials, led by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (left, second from bottom) and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He (right, second from bottom), attend the latest round of talks in Washington to try to bridge the chasm between the world’s two largest economies. Photo: AFP
Top US and Chinese officials, led by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (left, second from bottom) and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He (right, second from bottom), attend the latest round of talks in Washington to try to bridge the chasm between the world’s two largest economies. Photo: AFP
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Outside In by David Dodwell

China has a right to its own economic vision. US trade negotiators should remember that

  • The argument for supporting local industry in the face of fierce foreign competition is not unique to the Chinese. In some sectors, such as clean energy, state support might even be desirable. The challenge to China’s industrial policy is not justified

Top US and Chinese officials, led by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (left, second from bottom) and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He (right, second from bottom), attend the latest round of talks in Washington to try to bridge the chasm between the world’s two largest economies. Photo: AFP Top US and Chinese officials, led by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (left, second from bottom) and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He (right, second from bottom), attend the latest round of talks in Washington to try to bridge the chasm between the world’s two largest economies. Photo: AFP
Top US and Chinese officials, led by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (left, second from bottom) and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He (right, second from bottom), attend the latest round of talks in Washington to try to bridge the chasm between the world’s two largest economies. Photo: AFP
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.