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Chinese retaliation leaves door open for trade deal with US

Beijing's moves over US Bill on HK calculated to not raise temperatures: Experts

A demonstrator with a placard in support of US President Donald Trump during a protest in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong on Sunday. The city has been rocked by months of protests that were sometimes violent. They were sparked by a now-withdr
A demonstrator with a placard in support of US President Donald Trump during a protest in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong on Sunday. The city has been rocked by months of protests that were sometimes violent. They were sparked by a now-withdrawn Bill that would have allowed extradition of suspects to mainland China, but have now widened into calls for democracy. The United States last week passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 04, 2019, with the headline 'Chinese retaliation leaves door open for trade deal with US'. Print Edition | Subscribe