The focus is on US President Donald Trump and the summit host, French President Emmanuel Macron, as G7 and EU leaders get together for a working session on international economy, trade and security, in Biarritz on August 25. Photo: AFP
Brian P. Klein
Opinion

Opinion

Brian P. Klein

Donald Trump’s policy mood swings and trade chaos are making world leaders weary

  • China refuses to back down, Japan studiously avoids affronts and Europe vacillates between facing off and ignoring Trump altogether
  • With elections looming, the US president will only become more unpredictable, and the risk is that exasperated world leaders may be tempted to follow suit

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The focus is on US President Donald Trump and the summit host, French President Emmanuel Macron, as G7 and EU leaders get together for a working session on international economy, trade and security, in Biarritz on August 25. Photo: AFP
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US President Donald Trump swings a club at his golf course in Florida in February. The Trump administration is taking aim at Old China, when it is Next China it should be concerned with. Photo: AP
Stephen Roach
Opinion

Opinion

Stephen Roach

Trump’s incoherent policies take aim at a China that no longer exists

  • Failing to recognise a China in transition, the US president is applying bizarre trade and economic fixes that will end up destabilising the global economy

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US President Donald Trump swings a club at his golf course in Florida in February. The Trump administration is taking aim at Old China, when it is Next China it should be concerned with. Photo: AP
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