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Trade war

Trump doubles down on Chinese tariffs in war of nerves

Washington and Beijing both use North Korea card to gain advantage

U.S. President Donald Trump is raising the stakes in the trade dispute with China.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- Sino-American trade tensions have entered a game of chicken after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened another round of tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports, and Beijing is vowing to respond again with its own levies.

Both Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have been reaching out to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, trying to use Pyongyang as a wild card to gain an advantage in the looming trade war.

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