How China projects the trade deal is quite different from the way the US does

Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He signs a trade agreement with US President Donald Trump in the White House on Jan 15, 2020. PHOTO: AP
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BEIJING - On the surface, the freshly-inked US-China trade deal may look like China conceded a lot - what with its hefty commitment to purchase billions of dollars worth of American products, and enforceable pledges to play fair.

In exchange, it got the Americans to roll back just a fraction of the punitive tariffs that the superpower rained on Chinese exporters, even though Beijing has repeatedly called for the complete removal of duties.

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