This is the fourth article that I have had published since April elaborating on China’s position with regard to the trade dispute with the United States and to call on all parties to support free trade and oppose protectionism.
Between the first of those articles and this one, a principled consensus was reached between China and the US after many rounds of tough negotiations. However, the US recently went back on its words and the dark clouds of a “trade war” are once again looming over the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, and posing a severe challenge to the world economic order and the multilateral trade regime.
Deep down, the trade dispute is much more than just a problem of trade. It reveals three conflicts of views between China and the US.