Why US businesses can't leave China in the short term

SHANGHAI • In the space of 24 hours, President Donald Trump ordered US businesses to leave China and suggested in a tweet that he has the authority to do so.

Whether he has that power is a question for Washington lawmakers and lawyers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 26, 2019, with the headline 'Why US businesses can't leave China in the short term'. Print Edition | Subscribe