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Opinion

Can outside pressure shift Beijing?

Japan once reformed its economy in response to US demands, but China is different

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Chinese chief negotiator in the trade talks Liu He, right, speaks to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Beijing on Feb. 15.   © Reuters

When she was asked about the mounting U.S. pressure on China for trade concessions, Jin Keju, a prominent Chinese economist, did not for a moment complain about the Americans. Instead, she called their demands a "strategic gift" for Beijing.

The sort of things Washington is pushing for -- better protection for intellectual property and fairer trade practices -- are all good for China in the long run, said Professor Jin, who teaches at the London School of Economics.

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