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The U.S.-China Trade Dispute: Rehashing the First Opium War

Ian Morris
Board of Contributors
Jun 13, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
Liu Xiaoming, China's ambassador to the United Kingdom, addresses a crowd gathered in London's Trafalgar Square for a Lunar New Year celebration on Feb. 16, 2018.

Liu Xiaoming, China's ambassador to the United Kingdom, addresses a crowd gathered in London's Trafalgar Square for a Lunar New Year celebration on Feb. 16, 2018. More recently, Liu has lamented the United States' behavior in its trade dispute with China.

(JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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