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Beijing's zero-COVID policy does what Trump's trade war could not

Signs that multinationals are getting serious about pulling out of China

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A staff member sprays disinfectant on a truck at a logistics base in Shanghai on May 1: This is not good for businesses operating in China.   © VCG/Getty Images

Rupa Subramanya is a researcher and commentator. She is a distinguished fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and the co-author of "Indianomix: Making Sense of Modern India."

When then U.S. President Donald Trump imposed steep tariffs on Chinese goods worth $250 billion in 2018, he justified the policy by arguing that it would spur the return of manufacturing jobs and form an important plank of his "America First" policy.

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