Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He (left) and the US negotiating team failed to reach agreement as the Trump administration enacted new tariffs while talks in Washington were underway. Photo: EPA-EFE

What killed US-China trade talks: A tale of two texts

  • A difference of opinion over detail behind sudden shift from optimism to renewed hostilities
  • Washington prefers to reveal what Beijing would conceal
Topic |   US-China trade war

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Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He (left) and the US negotiating team failed to reach agreement as the Trump administration enacted new tariffs while talks in Washington were underway. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Xi Jinping may be able to weather the trade war better than Donald Trump, a former Trump official said. Photo: AP

Former Donald Trump official hopes for US-China trade deal, but says Beijing can afford to wait

  • Susan Thornton says Washington must return to diplomacy and rescue deal
  • State Department veteran says pressure will hit Donald Trump before Xi Jinping
Topic |   US-China relations

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Xi Jinping may be able to weather the trade war better than Donald Trump, a former Trump official said. Photo: AP
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