US President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He in the White House Oval Office on April 4. They are set to sign a phase one trade agreement on Wednesday in Washington. Photo: EPA-EFE

Phase one trade deal gives Donald Trump bragging rights but phase two is likely a mirage, analysts say

  • The US president wants to declare victory and start racking up perceived wins voters will remember as election day approaches
  • China shares some of Trump’s short-term outlook, but for very different reasons
Topic |   US-China trade war

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US President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He in the White House Oval Office on April 4. They are set to sign a phase one trade agreement on Wednesday in Washington. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Mark Magnier

Mark Magnier

Mark Magnier is a US correspondent based in Washington. Before joining the Post, he worked for the Wall Street Journal in China and for the Los Angeles Times in India, China and Japan. He’s covered the Chinese economy, China and India’s explosive rise and conflicts in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.