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Trump’s trade war with China: he’s about to turn the volume back up

The US President went quiet on the subject during his recent Asia trip—but America’s trade deficit with China this year will be just shy of $370 billion. He’s not going to take that lying down

By George Magnus  

Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomes US President Donald Trump to China earlier this month. Photo: Lan Hongguang/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Donald Trump will be home in Washington this week after a long trip through Asia, the centrepiece of which was a visit to Beijing, where he was feted by President Xi Jinping. The latter offered his guest an unprecedented private dinner in the Forbidden City and a red carpet welcome in Tiananmen Square. If you were following these developments, you could be forgiven for thinking that Sino-US relations couldn’t…

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