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China sees confidence as key to riding out trade war

State media and govt officials are assuring citizens that economy can withstand US tariff measures

To weather what could be a protracted trade war with the United States, the Chinese government believes boosting the confidence of its people is key.

This can be seen in comments in the media and the efforts of government officials to assure the Chinese people that China's economy can withstand the challenges of a trade war, which is happening at a time when the economy is experiencing a slowdown.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2018, with the headline 'China sees confidence as key to riding out trade war'. Subscribe