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China Is Bluffing In The Trade War

S. President Donald Trump’s trade war with China is about to get real. Until this point, not much has happened, because the 25 percent tariffs on Chinese goods that the Trump administration announced in May did not apply to goods already in transit. That created a four- to six-week window of opportunity for U.S. and Chinese negotiators to come to an agreement and avoid the implementation of the duties.

That window is now closing, and with no deal in sight, speculation has turned to how China might respond. With Chinese official media vowing no compromise in negotiations with the United States, the country seems to be settling in for a protracted siege.

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Sydney-based globalization expert Salvatore Babones is available to speak on the Chinese economy (demographics, growth, technology), the Belt & Road Initiative, global trade networks, and Australia-China relations. Contact: