US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer gestures as he talks to Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin looking on, on July 31 in Shanghai, China. Photo: APUS Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer gestures as he talks to Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin looking on, on July 31 in Shanghai, China. Photo: AP
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer gestures as he talks to Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin looking on, on July 31 in Shanghai, China. Photo: AP
Ken Wilcox
Opinion

Opinion

Ken Wilcox

US-China trade talks: the five mistakes Trump’s team keeps making

  • Trump needs to learn some manners, resist the attempt to crow at concessions and stay in the background so negotiators can work behind closed doors
  • Crucially, the US should focus on market access and forced technology transfer instead of tariffs, and gather like-minded allies to approach China multilaterally

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer gestures as he talks to Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin looking on, on July 31 in Shanghai, China. Photo: APUS Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer gestures as he talks to Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin looking on, on July 31 in Shanghai, China. Photo: AP
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer gestures as he talks to Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin looking on, on July 31 in Shanghai, China. Photo: AP
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