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US-China trade feud threatens the global economy

Dialogue, not rash punitive actions, would benefit everyone

Shipping containers are loaded onto a Chinese vessel in Long Beach, California, in April. Will the countries allow their tariff spat to develop into a full-blown trade war?     © Reuters

The world’s two biggest economies have announced that they will impose stiff tariffs against each other on a broad range of imports. By doing so, the U.S. and China threaten to spark an all-out trade war that endangers the global economy.

Rather than rushing to retaliate against each other through sanctions and other punitive measures, could they not first try to ease tensions through negotiations? We believe the two sides should find common ground for compromise and back off on their tariff plans.

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