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US-China trade war: China willing to cooperate more with US but won't give in to an unequal deal

There is growing resentment among Chinese political circles about the United States, which is viewed as not only a bully but an ingrate.

China is convinced the United States is seeking to use the trade war to contain it and eventually bring down the Chinese Communist Party, but Beijing will not overreact to what it perceives as American provocations, a source familiar with the leadership's thinking told The Sunday Times.

The Chinese leadership now views the US as demonising it, while using a multi-pronged approach to thwart its development, such as going after its technology companies and provoking the People's Liberation Army in the disputed South China Sea.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 26, 2019, with the headline 'China won't give in to an unequal deal'. Print Edition | Subscribe