Susan Thornton, shown in March 2017 when she was acting US assistant secretary of state, says that recent talks with Chinese leaders suggest they are pessimistic about resolving issues with the US any time soon. Photo: Xinhua

Former US envoy says Chinese officials anticipate ‘partial decoupling’ of the nations’ economies

  • Susan Thornton, former Trump administration expert on Asia, discusses her recent conversations with Chinese
  • ‘It seemed very much that the trade-negotiation moment may have passed,’ she says
Topic |   US-China relations

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Susan Thornton, shown in March 2017 when she was acting US assistant secretary of state, says that recent talks with Chinese leaders suggest they are pessimistic about resolving issues with the US any time soon. Photo: Xinhua
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In signing the bills, US President Donald Trump spoke of his respect for Chinese President Xi Jinping as well as the people in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

Hands tied by Hong Kong democracy act, Donald Trump sends signal to Beijing on trade

  • US president suggests that implementation of new laws could be at his discretion – in return for trade deal, analyst says
  • China could put off interim agreement but it has ‘few cards to play other than protesting’
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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In signing the bills, US President Donald Trump spoke of his respect for Chinese President Xi Jinping as well as the people in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters
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