Don’t push us, China says to Trump’s demand for US$100 billion cut in the Sino-US trade gap, South China Morning Post, 15 March 2018

South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on China’s reaction to President Trump’s demand for US$100 billion cut in the Sino-US trade gap, noting China’s response that the two countries should resolve their disputes through talks as a trade war would not benefit either country. The article carried remarks from observers including Yale-NUS Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Chin-Hao Huang. Dr Huang was quoted saying that the personnel reshuffles would surround President Trump with people whose world views more closely aligned with the president’s, suggesting more “economic nationalism” in the months ahead. Dr Huang added that while Beijing could retaliate against US industries dependent on the China market, such as soybean and pork producers, the two countries would be negotiating behind the scenes to avoid a trade war. A similar article was carried in Spiegel Online.

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