Wang Xiangwei
Wang Xiangwei
Opinion

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China Briefing by Wang Xiangwei

China’s solution to Trump’s trade tantrums? Treat him like a natural disaster

  • Last week’s decision to devalue the yuan against the dollar sent turbulence through international markets
  • But Washington should be aware that Beijing knows exactly what it is doing – particularly when it comes to matching Trump’s brinkmanship, writes Wang Xiangwei

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Wang Xiangwei
Wang Xiangwei
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

China Briefing by Wang Xiangwei

Xi Jinping’s ZTE concession to Donald Trump still haunts Chinese negotiators in US trade talks

  • Xi reportedly agreed last year to allow a compliance department of executives chosen by the US to be embedded into the company to monitor the flow of every transaction – and ZTE has to pay
  • For Washington, enforcement of any agreement is the key, but Beijing views the US demands as reminiscent of China’s historical humiliations at the hands of Western powers

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