US President Donald Trump walks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, in April 2017. Trump’s administration has challenged China, most notably through the trade war, but the need to keep the US economy strong in an election year may push him to let up. Photo: AP
Nicholas Khoo
Opinion

Opinion

Nicholas Khoo

Donald Trump’s impeachment crisis may be China’s latest stroke of luck, blunting the US’ most serious challenge to its rise

  • Since 1989, the US has repeatedly tried to put pressure on China, only to back down for political reasons
  • Trump’s challenge to China has surpassed his predecessors’, but his Ukraine scandal may bring it to an early end too

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US President Donald Trump walks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, in April 2017. Trump’s administration has challenged China, most notably through the trade war, but the need to keep the US economy strong in an election year may push him to let up. Photo: AP
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