US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s meetings have tended to be cordial affairs despite the trade war and a host of other issues the two nations disagree on. Photo: AP
Kristian McGuire
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Kristian McGuire

Donald Trump’s ‘conditional engagement’ of China is not new, nor will it change when he’s gone

  • The mercurial US president’s business background isn’t to blame for his growing list of contingencies in China talks. Rather, these conditions – from Hong Kong and North Korea to opioids – reflect core US interests and will outlast Trump

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US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s meetings have tended to be cordial affairs despite the trade war and a host of other issues the two nations disagree on. Photo: AP
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Illustration: Craig Stephens
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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Illustration: Craig Stephens
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