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Trump readies full trade arsenal

National security concern over Ant Financial amid NAFTA doubts, threats to Chinese exports

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U.S. President Donald Trump holds a mechanical tool at a Made in America roundtable at the White House in July.   © Reuters

When the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump issued its National Security Strategy in December, the word "trade" was mentioned 45 times and "competition/competitors" 58 times -- making both themes among the top five issues raised in this declaration of U.S. foreign policy intentions. It reflected Trump's commitment to trade policy activism that was a signature theme of his presidential campaign and has been central to his professed political agenda since the 1980s.

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