Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He and US President Donald Trump shake hands after signing the phase one trade deal at the White House in Washington on January 15. Photo: EPA-EFE
Shirley Ze Yu
Opinion

Opinion

Shirley Ze Yu

Will China stick to the phase one trade deal? That depends on whether it fosters stability

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping staying away from the signing of the deal suggests Beijing is leaving open how far it will abide by it
  • At present, the deal fosters China’s larger goal of stability and does not challenge its economic model, which is veering back towards state control
Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He and US President Donald Trump shake hands after signing the phase one trade deal at the White House in Washington on January 15. Photo: EPA-EFE
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