The chief executive could have avoided much of this quagmire had she not bypassed proper procedures and, instead, consulted the public. In underestimating the pushback, she has shown a lack of political antennae.
Former Chinese official Huang Qifan argues that the elimination of tariffs, barriers and subsidies is key for any country that wants to dominate world trade. But will the powers-that-be sit up and take notice?
When the Obama-era vice-president said China was ‘not competition’ for the US, the backlash was enough to make him walk back his comments, but the challenges facing President Xi Jinping, from the economy to wrangling the country’s bureaucrats, are vast