US trade representative Robert Lighthizer and Vice-Premier Liu He. Photo: AP

US demands level playing field in China, but can Beijing rein in state subsidies to end trade war?

  • United States trade representative Robert Lighthizer has been a long-term critic of advantages given to domestic companies that make it difficult for foreign firms
  • China has long been accused of favouring domestic companies, resulting in an unfair competitive advantage at home and abroad
Topic |   China economy

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US trade representative Robert Lighthizer and Vice-Premier Liu He. Photo: AP
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In March 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a Section 301 report accusing China of using cybertheft and cyber intrusions. Photo: Reuters

China to face ‘pain’ in meeting US trade war demand on cybertheft, but will Beijing yield?

  • A key part of the tension between the two nations revolves around American allegations of widespread Chinese cyber intrusion and cybertheft
  • Last year, the US Department of Justice charged Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft
Topic |   US-China trade war

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In March 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a Section 301 report accusing China of using cybertheft and cyber intrusions. Photo: Reuters
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