An oil tanker unloads crude at a terminal in Zhoushan, in China’s Zhejiang province. Photo: Reuters
Neal Kimberley
Opinion

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Macroscope by Neal Kimberley

Amid US-China trade war, a new source of tension emerges: Iranian oil

  • China and the US are looking at a new round of trade talks. But dire US relations with Iran complicate China’s attempts to import Iranian oil and meet its huge energy needs

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An oil tanker unloads crude at a terminal in Zhoushan, in China’s Zhejiang province. Photo: Reuters
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Illustration: Craig Stephens
Chen Long
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Chen Long

US-China trade talks: there’s so much more at stake, including Hong Kong and Taiwan. And that’s why they won’t succeed

  • Donald Trump can’t take a soft line on China with an upcoming presidential election, and his aggressive tactics will only meet a similar response from Beijing
  • This is especially so given the protests in Hong Kong and deteriorating cross-strait relations, and after the ‘currency manipulator’ charge angered Beijing’s moderates

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Illustration: Craig Stephens
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