How China Will Handle Its Trade War With the United States in 2019

MIN READNov 14, 2018 | 22:50 GMT

An employee works in a textile factory in Xiayi county in Shangqiu in China's central Henan province. China is mulling its options in its trade war against the United States.

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China and the United States are and will remain divided on crucial ideologies for decades to come, meaning their economic war and competition for tech dominance is set to last a very long time. China increasingly recognizes that economic attacks are only one component of the United States' long-term plan to contain Beijing's rise, while the Chinese government harbors no illusions that it can end the current trade war easily – or without major concessions that could outweigh the cost of the trade war. But between U.S. demands to widen market access and stagnating reforms at home, Beijing also has a long-term imperative to enhance its domestic competitiveness, further open its economy and present itself as a guarantor of free trade at a time of growing global unilateralism and protectionism. Beyond this, in 2019, Beijing will seek to diversify its export market while advancing trade and tech cooperation with major...

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