How China’s rise is helping to unite America behind Donald Trump’s trade war
Some of Trump’s fiercest opponents have come out in the past few weeks backing him on the trade war, usually with some version of “I don’t like the guy, but I’m with him on this one”.
The generally anti-TrumpNew York Times has run a number of articles about Beijing’s surveillanceand actions in Xinjiang, mentioning Huawei’s involvement, which gives cover to many who would otherwise oppose anything Trump does.
Trade negotiations were seemingly inching towards closure last month, when Beijing sent back a 150-pagedraft agreement the two sides had been working on, with entire sections or agreed points deleted or revised. It has been reported that the changes to the agreement were either demanded by Xi or pushed for by his colleagues.
Whatever their origin, the changes caused US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizerto use a word not often heard in international diplomacy, accusing Beijing of “reneging” on points already agreed.