May 2019

U.S.-China Trade Dispute

Matthew Strauss's picture
Whether by design or accident, the trade negotiations between the U.S. and China took a turn for the worse a few weeks ago. Were it not for the subsequent tweets, comments and actions by both countries, one could have dismissed the early-May breakdown in talks as a hiccup or simply negotiation tactics. But as it stands, it seems increasingly likely the U.S.-China dispute is not going to be resolved any time soon. Unlike last year, when China went out of its way to re-engage the U.S. after the Trump administration threatened and eventually implemented higher tariffs, Chinese officials responded much more combative this time around.