Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He and then US president Donald Trump sign the phase one trade deal in January 2020. Photo: Reuters
Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He and then US president Donald Trump sign the phase one trade deal in January 2020. Photo: Reuters

Why US-China trade talks are failing to take off despite pressure from American business

  • Trade is on the back-burner as the two sides cross swords over security, the hi-tech sector and ideology
  • The real complication, however, is the lack of political motivation to push for substantial dialogue and China’s loss of hope in the US, say observers

Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He and then US president Donald Trump sign the phase one trade deal in January 2020. Photo: Reuters
Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He and then US president Donald Trump sign the phase one trade deal in January 2020. Photo: Reuters
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