The 90-day truce agreed by presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping is short in the realm of trade negotiation. Photo: AFP

Trade war truce may placate US, but changing China in 90 days is ‘wildly optimistic’

  • Reform of China’s IP rules that was already planned may offer the US a fortuitous win
  • State-owned ‘dinosaurs’ more entrenched than ever, with US demands for structural change to China’s economy looking unrealistic
Topic |   US-China trade war

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The 90-day truce agreed by presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping is short in the realm of trade negotiation. Photo: AFP
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Finbarr Bermingham

Finbarr Bermingham

Finbarr Bermingham has been reporting on Asian trade since 2014. Prior to this, he covered global trade and economics in London. He joined the Post in 2018, before which he was Asia Editor at Global Trade Review and Trade Correspondent for the International Business Times.