Aides preparing for a group photo of US and Chinese trade negotiators in Beijing earlier this year, when hopes were high an agreement would soon be reached. Photo: Reuters

‘Mountain of mistrust’ blocking US-China interim trade war deal

  • Former US negotiators say lack of credibility is hampering efforts on both sides
  • Leaders from both countries should ‘take a step back’ to find the right pathway
Topic |   US-China trade war

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Aides preparing for a group photo of US and Chinese trade negotiators in Beijing earlier this year, when hopes were high an agreement would soon be reached. Photo: Reuters
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Frank Tang

Frank Tang

Frank Tang joined the SCMP in 2016 after a decade of China economy coverage and government policy analysis.

Jun Mai

Jun Mai

Jun Mai is an award-winning journalist covering China's political and social news. He writes about China's elite politics, general policies and social activism. He is currently based in Beijing.