Escalating tensions between the US and China are evident, say American scholars who have just returned from Beijing. Photo: AP

Chinese official picks up ‘clash of civilisations’ theme in lecture to visiting US scholars

  • Analysts from a Washington think tank say their recent reception in Beijing had a marked chill, reflecting the countries’ deteriorating relationship
  • ‘Some of it was a bit extreme,’ the group’s president said of comments by their host, a Politburo member
Topic |   US-China relations

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Escalating tensions between the US and China are evident, say American scholars who have just returned from Beijing. Photo: AP
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Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He says goodbye to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (centre) and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer after negotiations in Washington on May 10 – but the talks may already have been doomed. Photo: EPA-EFE

Was this the moment US-China trade talks fell apart?

  • Five days before hopes of a deal receded dramatically, a private chat between China’s Liu He and the US’ Robert Lighthizer and Steven Mnuchin changed the mood
  • Claim that US side had kept adding extra demands before accusing Beijing of reneging on what was agreed
Topic |   US-China trade war

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Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He says goodbye to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (centre) and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer after negotiations in Washington on May 10 – but the talks may already have been doomed. Photo: EPA-EFE
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