Robert Lighthizer, US trade representative, listens during the first round of North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations in Washington, in August 2017. Around the same time, he convinced Donald Trump it was time to get tough with China. Photo: Bloomberg

‘Ideological soul mates’: how China sceptic Robert Lighthizer sold Donald Trump on a trade war

  • In mid-2017, Robert Lightizer delivered a history lesson to Donald Trump and his cabinet on US-China trade negotiations, and what he saw as decades of failure
  • The implications were clear – after plenty of talk, it was time for the US to get tough with China
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Robert Lighthizer, US trade representative, listens during the first round of North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations in Washington, in August 2017. Around the same time, he convinced Donald Trump it was time to get tough with China. Photo: Bloomberg
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