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

Orange Wang

Orange Wang covers the Chinese macroeconomy, and has many years of experience with China's monetary and fiscal policy moves. He also covered global market and financial news for a long time, with a particular focus on new technologies and their influences on economic growth and society. Before joining the South China Morning Post, Orange worked as a Shanghai Correspondent for ET Net, a Hong Kong financial news agency.