US Vice-President Mike Pence speaks on the future of the US relationship with China at the Wilson Centre in Washington on October 24. Photo: AFP
Douglas H. Paal
Opinion

Opinion

Douglas H. Paal

Mike Pence’s China speech had two messages – and two audiences – along with some good news on the trade war

  • The US vice-president’s speech sought to reassure financial markets ahead of the 2020 election while also rousing Trump’s political base. Red meat thrown to the latter crowd made headlines and irritated Beijing, but the speech also left leeway on a trade deal

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US Vice-President Mike Pence speaks on the future of the US relationship with China at the Wilson Centre in Washington on October 24. Photo: AFP
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Robert Delaney
Robert Delaney
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

On Balance by Robert Delaney

Mike Pence’s China speech is just a symptom of Donald Trump’s incoherent foreign policy, drowning out more rational voices

  • The vice-president gave two speeches in one: for those in the US who still don’t realise the trade war is hurting them, the other for the realists who know how global supply chains work

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