On Trade, the U.S. and China Consider the Unthinkable: Breaking Up

American trade policy “will respond to hostile economic competitors, will recognize the importance of technology, and will seek opportunities to work with other countries that share our goals,” Robert E. Lighthizer, the United States trade representative, recently told the Senate Finance Committee.

In China, leaders were alarmed five years ago by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosures that American intelligence services had involved technology companies in the United States in its spying on China and its allies.

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Businesses Race to Washington to Sway Trump on China Tariffs

In a tweet on Tuesday, Mr. Trump said “trade negotiations are continuing with China” and to “stay tuned!”. “I think the time is right for China to make changes they should have been making for the past 15 to 20 years,” Larry Kudlow, the president’s top economic adviser, said at an event in Washington on Tuesday morning.

Chinese negotiators and global businesses remain uncertain about whether the United States will move ahead with its plan to impose hefty tariffs and investment restrictions on China in an effort to pressure economic reforms — or whether Mr. Trump will seek to avoid a damaging trade war by cutting a quick deal.

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