US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He chat at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. Lighthizer, a lawyer with decades of experience in both international trade law and Republican politics, has long been a critic of Chinese trade practices. Photo: AFP
David Dodwell
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Inside Out by David Dodwell

China isn’t gaming global trade through its industrial polices or ‘unique’ economic model – the problem is out-of-date WTO rules

  • There’s a myth that says China got a pass into the WTO, and has used state-owned enterprises to break the rules ever since. But those rules were written before the digital age, and perhaps the state role in the market needs to be reconsidered

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US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He chat at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. Lighthizer, a lawyer with decades of experience in both international trade law and Republican politics, has long been a critic of Chinese trade practices. Photo: AFP
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A staff member works at an engineering machinery company in Tangshan, in northern China’s Hebei province. Photo: Xinhua
Aidan Yao
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Opinion

Macroscope by Aidan Yao

However the trade war goes, China’s mixed growth numbers suggest authorities will continue intervening in its economy

  • Industrial production and infrastructure investment slipped, the trade war outlook is murky and consumer spending mixed
  • Therefore, look for Beijing to continue policy easing and to boost bonds for infrastructure spending early in 2020

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A staff member works at an engineering machinery company in Tangshan, in northern China’s Hebei province. Photo: Xinhua
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