Chinese retaliation leaves door open for trade deal with US

US President Donald Trump meets China's President Xi Jinping in Osaka, Japan, in June 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING - China wants a trade deal with the US, but not at the risk of perceived inaction over infringements on its sovereignty, experts have said.

Thus, Beijing has calibrated its retaliation to show its displeasure over the US' passage last week of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, while leaving open the possibility of a "phase one" deal.

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