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Trump's new China blacklist does nothing to help US economy

Beijing plays same game with outrage at NBA, Apple and more

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Donald Trump hosts a Keep America Great rally in New Mexico on Sep. 16: the U.S. President is doing little to build economic muscle at home.   © Reuters

With U.S. President Donald Trump's tariffs exacting considerable pain on China, news Friday of a "very substantial phase one deal" on trade seemed a moment to pop the champagne corks.

It is grand, for example, that China, Trump claims, will buy between $40 billion and $50 billion of U.S. farm products. Great, too, that his White House will not proceed with next week's increase in taxes on $250 billion of Chinese to 30% from 25%.

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