President Donald Trump listens to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer speak at the White House last year. The USTR described the deal as “historic and enforceable”, in contrast to Beijing’s subdued tone. Photo: Washington Post
Brian P. Klein
Opinion

Opinion

Brian P. Klein

Trump’s ‘historic’ trade deal with China is a poor bargain for US businesses and consumers

  • Deal offers nothing new on IP, tech transfer, currency, agriculture, financial services or dispute resolution, but lets China off with promises of vague reform
  • Meanwhile, US businesses and consumers have been left to continue footing the bill
President Donald Trump listens to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer speak at the White House last year. The USTR described the deal as “historic and enforceable”, in contrast to Beijing’s subdued tone. Photo: Washington Post
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