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As US turns up heat on China, trade war moves beyond tariffs to new battlefronts

2018-10-06 08:17:29       source:The South China Morning Post

October 5, 2018

On September 17, US President Donald Trump vowed to tax every single import coming from China if it retaliated against his tariffs on US$200 billion in Chinese goods.

Beijing struck back, as expected, with tariffs on US$60 billion worth of American imports, yet there has been no sign that Trump is preparing to make good on his threat, despite a passing remark on Monday that “we could go $267 billion more”.

The lull in what has otherwise been an incendiary and fast-moving trade war suggests a directional shift in US strategy, analysts say, as the administration weighs other non-tariff options that would avoid domestic resistance ahead of pivotal midterm elections.

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