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China's four trump cards in the trade war

Beijing is deploying weapons the US did not anticipate

| China

"Trade wars are good, and easy to win." So claims Donald Trump. Interesting, then, to look at how China's Xi Jinping is proving the U.S. president wrong on both accounts.

Trump's description of trade wars as "good" is given the lie by strong criticism from fellow Republicans. One example: Senator Ben Sasse warning that the protectionist gambit is "going to make it 1929 again." Trump's charactization of trade wars as "easy" is contradicted by his needing to subsidize farmers China-style, some of them in Sasse's state of Nebraska, to the tune of $12 billion.

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