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Tom Plate
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Tom Plate

Hong Kong offers China a way out of Trump’s trade war: cool the protests crisis to ease the tariffs heat

  • As hawkish US advisers whip up the China hysteria, Trump unleashes yet more bellicose trade action, spelling disaster for the world economy
  • Given that little is expected of the US president, it falls to Xi Jinping to dial matters back, and Hong Kong is a good place to start

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US President Donald Trump has threatened to make use of the 1977 International Emergency Economic Powers Act in the trade war. Photo: AFP

Donald Trump’s ‘order’ to US companies in China trade war rests on an obscure 1977 law

  • China’s announcement that it was raising tariffs on US$75 billion in US imports sent the US president into a rage
  • He later threatened to make use of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977 in the trade war
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US President Donald Trump has threatened to make use of the 1977 International Emergency Economic Powers Act in the trade war. Photo: AFP
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