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Calm before the US-China trade storm

First published: Nikkei Asian Review, 6/03/2017

The Trump administration is likely to unleash a tough policy sooner or later

Many Japanese might be reminded of their own thorny trade relations with the U.S. as they watch the current trade dispute between Washington and Beijing. But the tensions between the U.S. and China are in a different league because of their geopolitical rivalry.

The Trump administration has not been shy about insisting that trade is a zero-sum game and one of several tools with which the U.S. can use to weaken its main global competitor. Interestingly, early expectations that the trade conflict could intensify have receded for the moment, but are liable to erupt at any time….Read more: