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China misunderstands Trump's trade war

Beijing should advance economic liberalization for its own benefit despite the dispute

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Beijing must prepare well before the crucial meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping   © Reuters

In China, most analysts and government officials misread President Donald Trump's trade war as a well-orchestrated plan to stop their second centennial goal of building a strong, modernized country.

Many of them believe this approach stems from U.S. fears that China will soon become the world's primary power. There is no doubt this fear is indeed shared by some segments of the American establishment. But it is a misunderstanding to think that Trump's trade plan is primarily about containing China's rise.

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