Looming economic war

Print edition : June 21, 2019

President Donald Trump with Vice Premier Liu He, the lead Chinese trade negotiator, at the White House in Washington D.C., on April 4. Photo: SARAH SILBIGER/THE NEW YORK TIMES

A visitor operates an excavator, which is shown on the TV screens, by a remote control system via 5G technology, at the China International Big Data Industry Expo 2019 at Guiyang in Guizhou Province on May 27. Photo: Yang Wenbin/AP

Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen at the State Council Information Office in Beijing on June 2. Photo: Andy Wong/AP

In the U.S.-China tariff war, there is no economic gain to be derived by either side. But the U.S. is pushing ahead by bringing in the national security angle because the political stakes are too high.
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