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Trade war

Trump's tariff fireworks mask move toward bargain with China

Beijing's measured response reflects worries about losing growth driver

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands at their summit in November in Beijing.   © Kyodo

WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- Even as it brandishes tariffs on Chinese goods in response to alleged "economic aggression," the U.S. has discreetly reached out to Beijing to try to work out a deal that would satisfy President Donald Trump's goal of narrowing the bilateral trade deficit.

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