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Dyer: War with Taiwan may be outcome of China-U.S. trade dispute

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13.06.2019

The best way to deal with Donald Trump, especially if you are a foreign government negotiating trade issues, is to give him a little win. It doesn’t have to be big and important; he’s mainly interested in declaring a triumph, and he’ll supply the hot air to inflate your little concession into an allegedly major defeat free of charge. Just remember to look crest-fallen, and you’re home and dry.

Thus, for example, Trump’s recent “triumph” over Mexico. He threatens escalating tariffs against Mexico, the Mexicans cave in after 10 days, and the border problem is solved (until the next time he needs it). Only the nerds notice that the Mexican “concessions” are almost all actions that Mexico had already promised to take in quiet, orderly discussions with the United States between December and March.

The Canadians did even better when renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Trump called it the “the worst deal ever signed,” but several clauses in the old treaty that Ottawa disliked were........

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