The phase one trade deal’s lead negotiators, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, spoke by phone on Tuesday. Photo: AP
The phase one trade deal’s lead negotiators, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, spoke by phone on Tuesday. Photo: AP

US-China trade war: both sides cling to phase one deal as wider relationship crumbles

  • US President Donald Trump needs China to keep buying farm goods covered under the agreement to stand a chance at re-election in November, an analysis shows
  • ‘Beijing wants to keep the trade deal alive at all costs’ to stop broader ties with the United States from completely collapsing, economic consultancy says

The phase one trade deal’s lead negotiators, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, spoke by phone on Tuesday. Photo: AP
The phase one trade deal’s lead negotiators, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, spoke by phone on Tuesday. Photo: AP
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