After the US Trade Representative’s Office concluded its 301 investigation on March 22, Trump announced 25 per cent tariffs on US$50 billion of Chinese goods, including machinery, semiconductors and medical equipment on April 4. Photo: AP

Why China’s US trade stand-off is not a replay of Japan’s in the 1980s

Washington is using some of the same trade tools against Beijing that it once used against Tokyo – but this time things are different

Topic |   US-China trade war

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After the US Trade Representative’s Office concluded its 301 investigation on March 22, Trump announced 25 per cent tariffs on US$50 billion of Chinese goods, including machinery, semiconductors and medical equipment on April 4. Photo: AP
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