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We have just days to avoid a painful new chapter in the US-China trade war

Hopes of reconciliation hang in the balance as Trump hardens his stance

By George Magnus  

Photo: Cheriss May/SIPA USA/PA Images

It may have been coincidence, but then again perhaps not. President Trump tweeted out of the blue his impatience with the stalling trade talks with China, and threatened to resume the trade war this coming Friday, putting an end to the momentary “ceasefire.”He chose to do so on the weekend that China was marking the centenary of the May the Fourth Movement.

This anniversary, carefully orchestrated by the Communist Party, and specifically excluding open and public displays, remembers the protest movement that railed against China’s treatment at the…

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