Workers load steel products for export onto a cargo ship at a port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, on May 27. The combination of China’s rapid economic recovery from the pandemic and its massive steel capacity could make relations with its trading partners even more fraught without some deft diplomacy. Photo: Reuters Workers load steel products for export onto a cargo ship at a port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, on May 27. The combination of China’s rapid economic recovery from the pandemic and its massive steel capacity could make relations with its trading partners even more fraught without some deft diplomacy. Photo: Reuters
Workers load steel products for export onto a cargo ship at a port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, on May 27. The combination of China’s rapid economic recovery from the pandemic and its massive steel capacity could make relations with its trading partners even more fraught without some deft diplomacy. Photo: Reuters
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Outside In by David Dodwell

China’s steel problem: how its coronavirus recovery risks making foes of trading partners

  • Managing the political anger over China’s rapid economic recovery will be one of the biggest diplomatic challenges for Beijing
  • Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the militantly protectionist steel sector, where rancour has raged globally for decades

Workers load steel products for export onto a cargo ship at a port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, on May 27. The combination of China’s rapid economic recovery from the pandemic and its massive steel capacity could make relations with its trading partners even more fraught without some deft diplomacy. Photo: Reuters Workers load steel products for export onto a cargo ship at a port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, on May 27. The combination of China’s rapid economic recovery from the pandemic and its massive steel capacity could make relations with its trading partners even more fraught without some deft diplomacy. Photo: Reuters
Workers load steel products for export onto a cargo ship at a port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, on May 27. The combination of China’s rapid economic recovery from the pandemic and its massive steel capacity could make relations with its trading partners even more fraught without some deft diplomacy. Photo: Reuters
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