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Invading China, One Trade Dispute at a Time

Matthew Bey
Senior Global Analyst, Stratfor
Jan 17, 2017 | 08:01 GMT
The United States' trade ties with China have been the object of U.S. President Donald Trump's most vehement criticisms.
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech to Swiss Parliament on Jan. 15. The United States' trade ties with China have been the object of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's most vehement criticisms.
(ARND WIEGMANN/AFP/Getty Images)

Many of Trump's campaign pledges centered on retooling the United States' trade partnerships, including taking a much harder line with China. But Beijing is trying to exert its influence as a global leader. No matter what approach the incoming administration takes to challenge China's political and economic system, Beijing will be focused on its own priorities....

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